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From what little we know about Angelica Ross, it seems like she’s not afraid to speak truth to power. Whether it was distancing herself from her mother because she couldn’t accept that her child was a trans woman or calling out the organizers and founders of “Black Girls Rock” for excluding trans women, Ross uses her voice for the advocacy of the intersections of her communties.

In addition to sharing the fraught relationship she had with her mother, during her sit down with OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation, Ross spoke about interracial dating from her own personal experience with a White man. See why Ross said the relationship didn’t work out and her thoughts about dating interracially going forward.

“I actually was engaged to be married to a White man. We were together for eight years. I don’t know if I would actually date outside my race again. There is only really one time that I’m against interracial dating, and that is when you are not allowed to bring your full self to the relationship. Because I was in a relationship where I did not challenge my white partner on his anti-Blackness. And instead internalized the way he looked at the black community too. And so we both were in our gated community house thinking, ‘This is what needs to happen.’

So that means, I’m either going to be with a Black man who also has educated about his anti-Blackness and his misogyny and all those things. Or I’m going to be with someone who’s not Black who understands that. Or Ima be by my damn self.”

You can see the clip of Ross’ comments in the video below.

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