Prof: ‘Romance’ Is White Supremacy

( – With a book titled “The End of Love: Racism, Sexism, and the Death of Romance,” University of California Santa Barbara Black Studies professor Sabrina String claims that the concept of romance promotes white supremacy.

In her book, Strings makes the shocking allegations based on her personal experiences and broader historical context to make her case.

This new book follows her 2019 one, which alleges that “fatphobia” is a byproduct of racism.

As for her latest work, Strings explains, “I am only one of the millions of Gen X-to-Gen Z women who have endured a seemingly endless array of miserable relationships with men.”

She cites the story of Lancelot and Guinevere as one of the first romantic tales depicting a man of lower social standing striving to prove his worthiness for a high-class European Christian woman.

The professor claims that romance inherently put women who are not considered fully white at a disadvantage, subjecting them to deceit, manipulation, assault and rape.” “Romance is white [supremacist],” she asserts.

In her criticism, Strings connects historical issues such as colonization and slavery to contemporary romantic dynamics, particularly how they have affected Black women’s desirability as long-term partners.

She suggests that societal shifts during the Civil Rights era led some Black men to distance themselves from Black and “insufficiently white” women in an effort to elevate their own status by aligning with white men.

Her analysis extends to cultural changes, noting the decline of the “Black is Beautiful” movement and how Black music genres like hip hop have shifted away from celebrating Black love and beauty as they gained a predominantly white and male audience.

Strings also discusses the impact of modern factors such as the prevalence of online pornography on relationships, which she argues shapes unrealistic expectations among men about sexual relationships.

In her conclusion, Strings encourages readers to rethink traditional concepts of love to include more queer and feminist perspectives that emphasize “love, equity and partnership.”

This is not an isolated viewpoint within academia.

George Mason University professor Bethany Letiecq has similarly criticized marriage as a component of “white supremacy” by describing it as fundamentally built on “White heteropatriarchal supremacy.”

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