Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Interracial Love Still Denounced by Some

With Loving vs. Virginia being over 44 years old, interracial marriage remains controversial to some. Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks cites an angry letter she received.

She was — like me — black, middle-aged and middle-class, and she disagreed vehemently with whatever I'd said that week.

She threw down the gauntlet with her closing remark: "I can tell; you're one of those women with a white boyfriend."

So begins Banks’ column (go read it) considering the issues surrounding black women dating and marrying men of other races.

She concludes with a statement that resonates in my heart…

It's hard enough to find someone you love without making romance a test of racial solidarity.

If someone finds love and happiness with another or others, it shouldn’t matter what their skin color is, or their gender, or if they are a stepsibling or a long lost close biological relative or anything else. What matters is how they treat each other.

There will always be people who disapprove of someone else's love. This should not stop us from progressing to full marriage equality sooner rather than later.
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