April 8, 2011
Written by Sue · Filed Under Featured, U.S.
2 Responses to “About Half of Mississippi Republicans Want to Outlaw Interracial Marriage”
I don’t suppose many of them know that in the Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia, that the SC struck down a state’s right to prohibit interracial marriage. I understand why this poll’s results turned out the way that they did because I’ve lived in the south all of my life. Asa person of color, I know that many whites can be very nice to you and recognize your contributions to society, and, at the same time, never accept you as being worthy of being a member of their family.
This gave me great pause when my daughter began dating a white guy over 4 years ago. I made it very clear to him that I would not accept the idea that he would NOT stand up for her in ALL instances involving racism and discrimination. He assured me that he would, and he’s kept his promise. He called me in December to ask for her hand in marriage. I gave him my consent to proceed, but I also told him I would accept no abuse of her on his part, and that he could expect me to be knocking at his door should he decide to take that step. My daughter is a college graduate, works hard, and has no kids at 29 years of age.
I like the guy, and I like his family, and the feelings are reciprocal, but with these kinds of attitudes still around in the 21st Century, one does one’s self a favor by remaining vigilant at all times. I didn’t abuse her, and neither did her father, and I expect the same from anyone who would be a part of her future.
I can only think the solution to the strong strains of racism existing in Mississippi is education. Haley Barbour’s state ranks in the bottom nationally for education and poverty. And I have great faith in our young people, who, unlike their parents, aren’t ruled (as much) by bigotry and prejudice.
It sounds like you are doing a great job with your daughter Majii. You are right, if he loves her, truly loves her, he will protect and defend her from small racist minds.
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