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Interracial Dating: The Loving Story

Angela Davis reminded me to post this:

Every so often, between visiting Facebook and sifting through my Gmail, I take a peek at sites like Aol and Yahoo to see what topics are “important” enough to make the home page. This morning (1/18/2012), while glancing at Aol, I came across the phrase, “They Were Arrested For Being In Love.” I found myself reading the story of the first “legally” married interracial couple in 1958. I say “legally” because, although interracial marriage was legal in Washington D.C., where the couple was wed, they were arrested in Virginia and sentenced to one year in prison for violating the state’s Racial Integrity Act. Whether or not the couple served this sentence I cannot be sure, but if you’re interested, here’s the link to the page where I found the article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/the-loving-story-takes-intimate-look-at-first-legal-interracial-marriage_n_1213451.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D129405

During the course of the trial, the judge made the following statement:

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay, and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And, but for the interference with his arrangement, there would be no cause for such marriage. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

This sounds familiar to me for some reason… Why is that… Oh, probably because its the same justification used by many to deny LGBTQ’s from being married (too opinionated?) Well, clearly interracial marriage is still illegal; so the LGBTQ’s are simply screwed and have no basis to plead their case… if you cannot detect the sarcasm in the phrase, allow me to quote a song by Frank Ocean:

“I believe that marriage isn’t between a man and woman, but between love and love.”

But thinking about my time as a Williams College student, the subject of interracial dating has typically brought out some of the most ignorant comments I’ve ever heard, such as:

“If I see an interracial couple of a white male and a black female, they’re in love. But if it’s a black guy and a white girl, they’re just messing around.”

I didn’t realize that the mix of race and gender dynamics magically made us experts at understanding someone’s relationship. Yes, there do exist stereotypes concerning the sexual capabilities of black men. Yes, there are black men that make use of this stereotype to their benefit. Yes, I do own a cat. Which one of these things is a fact that cannot be denied in any situation at any point in time?

The point is, yes stereotypes exist. Yes, those stereotypes may be grounded in some historical context (yes, I realize I did not provide the background about the dynamics between white men and black women… that a completely different blog post to be written.) However, it becomes problematic when we try to turn stereotypes into facts. The relationship between two people is not something any of us have the right to question without having all of the facts. Whether they are just engaging in casual sex, or they are helplessly lovesick, what matters most is that they understand what they’re doing.

So, with all that said, to Richard Perry and Mildred Loving, both who have both passed on, I commend you both on your commitment to your love. You were not blind to color and controversy, but you decided that some things are just more important.

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Where do the Candidates Stand?

Primary season is in full effect for the presidential hopefuls. A significant portion of the news reports have focused on how this election will affect certain demographics,  namely Black and Latin@ communities. Blacks and Latinos/as combined make up about 25% of this nation’s population. This is not to say that Blacks and Latinos/as share the same sentiments on various political issues. On the other hand, issues like education, healthcare, and the economy are all areas that are likely to display overlap between the two groups.

In my opinion, while the attention lately has been interesting, we should not settle for primary coverage. This means that we should push all of the candidates and the future president to discuss the issues relevant to our communities for the entire duration of their time in the Oval Office.  Issues that deal with 25% of population should be address regularly, not solely when people need support from us.  For now, we have to continue to push our representatives to advocate on our behalf and to support the groups that work hard for our integrity and personal freedoms. To see what the Republican candidates think about certain issues relevant to Latin@ communities, view the links below.

Mitt Romney: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/01/04/mitt-romney-and-latino-vote/

Ron Paul: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/01/09/where-ron-paul-stands-on-issues-import-to-latino-voters/

Newt Gingrich: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/01/08/where-newt-gingrich-stands-on-issues-import-to-latino-voters/

Where they stand on Puerto Rico: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2012/01/27/insulted-puerto-ricans-slam-cnn-debate-republican-candidates/

State of the Union 2012 Follow Up

For those who were unable to view the 2012 State of the Union address last night, click below to read the full text and watch the video. Enjoy and dont forget to tell us your thoughts on the speech!

State of the Union video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2012

Full text: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/25/state-of-the-union-address-full-text

State of the Union 2012

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Hello all! Today, January 24, 2012 is the fourth annual State of the Union address from President Obama. The State of the Union address is a critical moment that all Presidents use as a platform for reflection and reassurance. Tonight, President Obama will more than likely reflect upon his time in office, his accomplishments, and his downfalls. I could go on about this subject, but the important thing to take away from this post is the relevancy of this annual address. A decent amount of young people are politically apathetic and have  limited knowledge about past and/or current policy. This is not to say that this issue is not relevant for other age groups. It certainly is something that every age group struggles with; the ability to be fully informed and aware. However, instead of pointing out the shortfalls of groups in this nation, the speech by Obama tonight will hopefully be a learning experience. Click the link below for information about tonight’s speech:

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-hopes-change-state-union-speech-133640167.html

For those who want to refresh their memory, down below is the State of the Union transcript and video from 2011. Enjoy!

State of the Union 2011 video

State of the Union 2011 text: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/25/obama-state-of-the-union-_1_n_813478.html