When you’re white, it’s appropriated you go out with white people. If you’re rich, you most likely have other rich friends. Whenever you’re Christian, Muslim or Jewish, the majority of your friends will share that religion. Nothing wrong with that, as long as this doesn’t make you exclude others. It’s very human that we want to belong to a certain group we can identify with. But never forget there’s an entire world out there to discover. And yes there are loads of people having bad intentions. However, I’m still convinced that this is a personality problem rather than it has something to do with the color of your skin.
I have many good friends with whom I don’t share hair and skin color, background or religion. The past years I was invited to Congolese dinners, Shabbat and I celebrated the end of Ramadan with my Turkish neighbors. Every single time I had fun even though, as a purebred Flemish country girl, I had to get used to customs I didn’t grow up with. Or listen to a language I totally didn’t understand. Did that make me nervous? Not at all… On the contrary, the more I get to know about the unknown, the more interesting it gets. I see it as a fortune to have such a various and interesting group of friends.