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South Africa and The USA have had a serious Double Standard when it comes to this gender divide, as a direct consequence of Apartheid and the USA's Jim Crow laws (and slavery before that): many white men had black slave-mistresses, and this practice was generally accepted or at least tolerated.

The reverse-gendered version, of a free woman loving a male slave, could result in death for the (African) slave and the public shaming (and possible rape/death) of the free woman.

When slavery gave way to Jim Crow and Apartheid, this bias remained - the chief difference being that before Apartheid, a white-woman-black-man couple would be lynched by the authorities whereas during apartheid they would instead be lynched by family/friends/neighbors whom the authorities couldn't be bothered to prosecute for murder.

Please note that just like this trope's white/Asian counterpart, not every black/white romance falls under this trope.

While it’s safe to say that alienation from your community may make you feel bad, contracting HIV from a dishonest partner could kill you.

This is not only an issue that plagues the black community.

This data reflects an issue especially pertinent in the black community of men on the “down-low,” misleading their partners and putting their lives at risk.Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower were married in 1997.The following year, in 1998, the two had a son named Elliot.This trope was commonly nicknamed , until Spike Lee made a film deconstructing the term. The gender inverted version of this trope is Black Gal on White Guy Drama.Also, any discussion of this trope is likely to bring up Black Is Bigger in Bed.

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