Aversion to interracial dating is usually justified as any other preference, like dating blondes instead of brunettes.

But even as third-party observers, some look at these couples and think of it as degrading.

Their gossip is aimed at the interracial couple who just walked through the door.♦◊♦Racism is a hot-button issue that is widely frowned upon, even in the Deep South.

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It’s a feeling burned into my brain after growing up in the Bible-bound closet of a Southern red state.

And although it’s not uncommon for gay guys to judge each other, this time is different.

But then I notice the all-too-familiar hums of gossip coming from the corner.

Their whispers and stares fail to attain a level of subtlety.

This self-shame prevents some of us from accepting other minorities as well, conforming to a mindset of homophobic self-loathing that likely perpetuates the stigma around interracial dating.

It’s as though the almighty Mississippi governs our very moral compass.

No matter how many different versions I have heard of this claim, I have never seen a reliable source back up the information.

But I presume it comes from the same source that insists that gay people are more likely to molest children.

It’s another night with the same friendly crowd, give or take a few faces.

The jukebox plays another Dolly Parton song as a pair of acquaintances is deep into their fifth game of pool.

It’s the same state whose moral compass condemns premarital sex but has managed to hold the highest rate of teen pregnancy.