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I met my current boyfriend the next night, and he we are, still together five years later.

Still, I would never ever say that being in an interracial relationship has been easy.

We are all members of this collective community living on Earth, and we all need to start being honest with ourselves.

What does it mean to be uncomfortable about interracial dating in 2014? Why are so many people advocating a "stay with your own race" mentality?

As a young woman of color, I can attest to the fact that many people in this world feel it is their duty — no, their God-given right — to decide what is best for me, and especially whom is best for me to date.

For instance, I felt the need to defend my relationships to my mother who, like Baker’s mother, wondered when her daughter would bring home someone who looked more Michael B. My mother will resent me for saying this, but I know there is a part of her that wanted to see me settle down with someone black, someone who looked like me.

Still, it was always funny that my mother questioned why I kept dating white guys, especially because I was raised as one of only few people of color in my community.

I grew up in the predominantly white suburbs of upstate New York.

But then something happened: people started talking to me, flirting even.

Once I escaped the small, isolated microcosm of Upstate New York, I met people who didn't think of me just based off of my skin color.

Although I am a black woman in an interracial relationship, I only gave Baker's piece a cursory glance at first. " A lot of people aren't bothered by interracial relationships, but, on the flip side, many people still are.

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