I was very happy to find this community for many reasons. I'm just here to introduce myself, and hopefully meet some people who I can chat with from time to time. I think you might find my story a tad bit interesting. Let me give you a bit of my background:
I'm a 25 year old male who is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. I have been here for about 15 months and have fallen helplessly in love with a Ghanaian girl. She is almost 20 and, because of her economic and social background, is illiterate and uneducated. This makes our relationship superficially unbalanced and unegalitarian. But we are totally, deeply in love. We never run out of things to talk about, laugh like children, and are deeply and swooningly attracted to each other. In fact, we are going to get married within the next year and begin the process of getting her residency in the United States. This isn't something that is too uncommon among Peace Corps Volunteers, but it also isn't run-of-the-mill.
My question for you folks is: how do you think a rural African girl (with a deep black complexion) will be received in the U.S who is married to a white man? She is learning to read and is going back to school (I am sending her to an intensive private school), so hopefully she'll be almost totally literate by the time she gets there. As someone who was mostly sheltered from racial issues during my upbringing (in San Diego) I don't know what to expect from my fellow Americans. Is this going to be accepted or is it going to be challenged? In the end, our love will pull us through and I know we will overcome our obstacles, but do you have any advice that may potentially help us discuss our relationship in this trans-national interracial context?
Jeeze, it sounds so complicated now that I've written it down.