NO FUTURE? 'It will never work.' 'They are just too different.' 'Sleep with a white man? No thanks.' 'Look at the state of him, those clothes!' Just some of the comments directed at Margaret and Bobby Smith during their ten-year marriage. Why? Because Bobby is a white, cider-bellied punk rocker and Margaret a black, Methodist, Nigerian. One Love is a book that shows the reality of inter-racial love. Through the eyes of Mr and Mrs Smith we see how two people can conquer prejudice, intolerance and hate. A hate that comes from both sides. Written from their dual perspective, they honestly debate the issues that affect those who marry out of their culture. The result is a book that challenges previously held views about multiculturalism. Taking their relationship as a starting point, our co-authors also explore wider issues such as: segregation, self-hate, sex and identity. Crucially, the book addresses the unique problems experienced by black women/white men partnerships. A mixture of social comment and personal experience, One Love shows the true level of prejudice that exists in modern day England. It delves into the underbelly of inter-racial relationships and discusses the pain, pleasures and pitfalls of such liaisons. It is a book to make you think differently about the world we live in. It is also a sign of hope.
Margaret and I were fed up with the negativity that tends to surround 'mixed' marriages, so we wanted to write a postive and honest account of what makes one work - i.e our own. During the course of writing One Love we realised that, in order to make it a more accurate reflection of our marriage, our book would need to include debates about race, racism, multiculturalism and identity, as these topics influence black women/white men partnerships in many different ways, even though most people are unaware of this. Lastly, we wanted readers to have a bit of a laugh - mainly at our expense - as some bizarre old things have happened to us over the years. In case anyone is wondering, we have not paid for someone to ghost write our story - oh no, it has come direct from our heart and pen.
Because of that some readers may find us a bit too opinionated with our views - we are not a PC couple by any means - however, in our defence I would add that we just wanted to generate a debate about issues, such a colour-'grading' that are largely hidden from the public domain - as it is the only way society will move forward. Thanks for reading this and we hope you enjoy the book. Feel free to email either of us at firstname.lastname@example.org - we are very friendly, even if you don't like the book.