UPDATED: April 6, 2011
I just posted an article on Greenland Dump and then Environment Minister Liz Thompson telling Environmental Activist Richard Goddard that he had no right to speak because he was a Caucasian male. It reminded me on the Lovings and this article.
I wonder how Liz is doing with her new job at the United Nations?
Original article published October 16, 2009…
Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell said he has discussed the topic with blacks and whites, along with witnessing some interracial marriages. He came to the conclusion that most of black society does not readily accept offspring of such relationships, and neither does white society, he said.
“I don’t do interracial marriages because I don’t want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring on themselves,” Bardwell said. “In my heart, I feel the children will later suffer.”
… an unbelievable story in 2009: Breitbart News – Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.
I wonder if former Barbados Government Minister Liz Thompson* would agree with Justice Bardwell?
Shona and I often get “the look” when we hold hands in public – and when the rest of the family is with us we sometimes get “the stare”. That is just reality for a mixed marriage like ours. We know that some folks are more curious or surprised than anything and their stares are not unkindly.
But other people cannot keep the look of disgust from their faces. When its really bad – sometimes we have some fun. Shona will lean over and plant a big long kiss and mischievously say (loud enough to be heard) “I think we should get you right home right now.”
Nothing bothers those kind of bigoted people more than that thought, you know!
Interracial marriages will remain “special” for the foreseeable future, but in the United States it was Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving whose love ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage. In 1958 they left Virginia for a day and got married in Washington, DC. When they returned home they were charged with violating the Virginia State law against blacks and whites marrying or sleeping together. (Other races did not face such prohibitions in law)
In 1967 the United States Supreme Court decided that Virginia’s law was unconstitutional… and that was the end of that for legal prohibitions against interracial marriage.
Richard Loving died in 1975 in a car accident, and Mildred just passed on May 2, 2008 at the age of 68. In an interview shortly before she died, Mildred said that she wasn’t trying to change history, she was just a girl who fell in love with a boy.
Shona and I can both relate to that statement.
The majority of this BFP original article was published last year upon the death of Mildred Loving: The Struggle of Interracial Couples Continues
Our good friend and mixed-race blogger/author Light-skinned-ed Girl recently had her first book published.
* Former Environment Minister Liz Thompson was debating Richard Goddard about putting a garbage dump at Greenland when she decided that Mr. Goddard shouldn’t have an opinion on anything because he is not of the majority race. Have a watch of Liz Thompson on TV and let us know if you think she’s racist: Negrocrat Controversy: Barbados Environment Minister Uses “Caucasian” as Racial Slur
And finally to remind us that no matter where you are, it can be a tough life when you don’t look like everyone else…