I don't get too political on my blog, but reading this article was really upsetting.
Basically what happened was that a mixed-race couple - a black man and a white woman - were denied a marriage license by a justice of the peace based solely on the fact that they're a mixed-race couple.
Yes, society has changed much, but this thinking is just so out there, it's really hard to believe.
And yes, it's quite comforting to know that this has upset a lot of people, article here.
Some people say that it's the South and that it's pretty common thinking. But here's a person of power pretty much not helping society move towards a more diverse and culturally aware community. His actions are also against the law and I hear that a suit has been filed against him by the couple. I am greatly interested to see the outcome of all this.
A lot of my blog readers know that I am myself of mixed-race. My mom is 100% Korean and came over to the US in the 1970's. My dad is mostly white (mostly English) with a little bit of Native American (Cherokee). My husband is also white (Norwegian and German).
In our relationship, the whole race thing was not much of an issue. My parents did not really mind it, though Mom wished at one time I'd chosen a Korean boy. His parents were always sweet to me, but in the past with his other non-white girlfriends, they were not happy (but never mean.) Hubby said he pretty much had to put his foot down and tell them that he was probably not going to end up with a white girl and they better get used to it. I think some strangers out there might take issue with us being together and - GASP - having children! But no one has said anything directly to our face, and we've been together for over 10 years.
Having said that, we live in a pretty blue state. The Puget Sound region - Seattle, et al - is a place where many races mingle. So it seems to not be as big a deal here as it might be in other places, such as the beforementioned "South". We've never visited down there and I'm not sure if I ever will, with the exception of New Orleans.
This justice of the peace, however, seems to only have a thing about black/white couples as there's no mention of any other races being affected. Even after this whole thing has been made public, he has no remorse, thinks he's not a racist, and is not apologizing or stepping down from office.
One of his most laughable reasons for not granting marriage licenses to mixed-race couples is that "it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long".
Hmmm. Should I be worried about my parents? They've been married for 34 years. Is that long enough?
Society has come a long way in terms of race relations and tolerance, but it's clearly evident that we have a long way to go.
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