Saturday, May 12, 2012

Racism—follow up


Here is a comment I received about my post on racism (you can read the original post here).

Although there are many who say that racism is no longer an issue in this country, I can personally attest to the incorrectness of this assumption. I am Caucasian, my husband is African-American, and our children are biracial. My husband and I are high school sweethearts, and have loved each other for twenty-two years. During that time, we have endured some things that would shock some of you. The simple things that many of you take for granted become a serious issue in our family. For example, when you plan a vacation, what do you take into consideration? The cost, location, the family-friendly atmosphere? We, on the other hand, have to ask ourselves something different. Will this place be safe for us as an interracial couple, is there the possibility of a KKK presence in the area, is it safe (racially) for our children? Although things are much better than in decades past, please do not be deluded into thinking that racial issues have been eradicated. When we as human beings no longer feel the need to use race as an adjective, then we will be on the correct path. Until then, stop shutting out entire races based on unfounded assumptions. You may very well be shutting out someone who would have been the most amazing addition to your life.


  1. My dad is an Arab. You want hate? Holy frijoles. He's a lifelong Christian and wow, airports are brutal. Assumptions are brutal. I once heard a Christian speaker say that no Arabs will enter heaven. That was years ago. Now we have profiling and rendition. Same stupid, different year.He married my mom and adopted us 3 pasty white kids. People never get a chance to ask "but where is your *real* dad?" more than once.
    Usually, they don't get past the word 'real'.
    Come to any big city in Canada, Canadians live and let live.

  2. Thanks for the comment. We have Arabs in our church. Many nationalities, in fact. I would never consider anyone to be outside the reach of Christ. And "real" is the one who is there for you. Ask the Velveteen Rabbit.