A Letter to Those Who Don’t Understand My Mixed-Race Marriage

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What would it feel like if you were walking hand-in-hand with your partner down the street and everyone you passed stared a little too long or whispered and pointed your way? How would you feel if strangers commented on your marriage because they couldn’t understand why you two would be together? Those whispers, stares, and comments are what I often experience, because I am in a mixed-race marriage. Interracial couples past and present have always felt the lingering eye of society, and I am here today to openly invite you into my experience. 

June 12th is Loving Day, a day that commemorates and celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to end all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 U.S. states. At the time this was a landmark case, but what you may not know is that the Lovings were an actual couple. Mildred Jeter (Black and Indigenous) and Richard Loving (identified as White)…

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