The Paradox of Prejudice

5 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2013  

Gregory Scott Parks

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: January 4, 2013


The long history of discrimination against interracial, romantic relationships has largely been focused on the black-male-white-female variety and by whites, particularly white men. In the employment context, this may often be observed within the context of third-party associative discrimination, where an employee (often a white woman) is discriminated against because of their romantic relationship with a person of another racial group (often African American). However, in recent decades something paradoxical has occured -- black anxiety over black-male-white-female. Anxieties over such relationships may lead to discriminatory behavior in the employment context, as may be suggested by a 2008 U.S. Circuit Court case, Ellis v. UPS.

Keywords: Interracial Relationships, Employment Discrimination

Suggested Citation

Parks, Gregory Scott, The Paradox of Prejudice (January 4, 2013). Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 2196666. Available at SSRN: or

Gregory Scott Parks (Contact Author)

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States
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