DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm dating my first white guy. So far, it's been a completely different vibe and experience. A lot of issues I've had with past relationships have been nonexistent in my relationship with him. However, there is one issue: his parents. I've met them a few times, and we do not relate well to each other at all. Aside from the typical cultural gap, they give off the vibe that they're not really too keen on me dating their son. I really like this guy, but I'm not really willing to put up with nasty parents. Should I let this one go, or should I try to make his parents come around? -- The Unwanted, Cincinnati
DEAR THE UNWANTED: Slow down. This is a new relationship. Before you walk away due to unwelcoming parents, figure out if the relationship is worth cultivating. Even in 2016, dating across cultures can be prickly for some family members. His parents' reluctance to welcome you could be because of race, but it could also be that they are simply cautious. Who knows who else he has brought home to meet them? Or what vibe you gave off?
Don't give up just yet. Figure out if you two want to be together. If so, talk about his parents' treatment of you, and work together to win them over.