One Love Two Colours: The Unlikely Marriage of a Punk Rocker and His African Queen

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

First Impressions
1
Our Childhood
10
Reaction of ParentsFriends to our Relationship
24
Religion
33
The Wedding
37
Sex and Sexual Attraction
42
The Birth of Our Children
52
Parenting and Education
59
Identity
101
Race Racism Ignorance or Curiosity?
119
The Roles of MenWomen in English and Yoruba Culture
149
UK 2007 A Segregated Society?
162
Fraud and Finance
201
MidMarriage Report Strengths and Weaknesses
217
The Future Personal and Political
232
Friends
249

Food
75
Hobbies
82
Arguments
94
Conclusion
260
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About the author (2007)

Punk rocker Bobby Smith is a veteran of the punk and football fanzine scenes - being a mainstay of the Wolves FC magazine A Load of Bull. Co-author Margaret Smith is not a punk rocker but shares her husband's opinionated style of writing. No spin, no political propaganda, just the truth.

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