(Closed) Jumping the Broom

posted 8 years ago in African-American
  • poll: Is it offensive for an white woman and black man to jump the broom?
    Absolutely! : (2 votes)
    12 %
    NO! : (10 votes)
    59 %
    Yes but some people may take offense : (4 votes)
    24 %
    Maybe : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am half white, half Cuban, and Fiance is African American. I had some of the apprehensions you did, but we are jumping the broom with the blessing of FI’s family. For his family, it is like you said – a joyful tradition. All his family members have jumped the broom so it is important to him. Creating a multicultural family in a way that honors your ancestors can never be offensive. If people are, they don’t understand the purpose of the tradition. It’s not about dwelling about past injustice but honoring where you’ve come from, and that’s something you can join in as a new member of your FI’s family!

    Post # 4
    3252 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We’re jumping the broom. He’s white and I”m black. If ppl take offense to you two jumping the broom then honestly something is very wrong with those people. First off you’re marrying a black man, 2nd slavery was so long ago and not to take anything away from it because it was an absolutely horrid time for black people but i’m really tired of people trying to play that card as an excuse for everything. Life is what you make of it. If people choose to keep dwelling on it then I feel sad for those people. It’s 2010. If more people started embracing each other’s backgrounds, traditions, differences, and cultures…we would be living in harmony. I think it’s beautiful that you’re an interracial couple. I say go for it!!

    Post # 5
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    it depends on you and your FH’s family. I am black my FH is white. we are NOT jumping the broom because my family would think it inappropriate. (doesnt help that i grew up in Richmond, VA capital of teh confederacy and my FH is a “yankee” NYer !!! lol)

    but i have other friends who have interracial relationships who HAVE. it really depends on the family of the B&G.

    if your FH wants to go for it, i doubt since your family wouldnt know what it is anyway – that they would even know about how it came to be used as a tradition in the south.

    i suggest putting a tasteful summarization on your programs of what it means to jump the broom so people dont wonder what it is…

    Post # 6
    11 posts

    Um, my parents jumped the broom and they’re both very white.  I’m not sure why, I’m assuming it has something to do with the fact that we’re in New Orleans and traditions here are often very intercultural, but growing up (after they explained to me why there was a fancy broom on our living room wall) I always thought it was a pretty awesome tradition.  I’m looking forward to jumping the broom with my Indian-American boyfriend when we get married.  I agree that an explanation might help guests who are unfamiliar with the tradition, but if it’s something that’s important to you and/or your Fiance, I say go for it.  

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