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Mississippi Republicans Want Interracial Marriage Banned

In News, Opinion on November 26, 2011 at 2:09 am

Love  ...I grew up in the South, living in different parts of Virginia most of my childhood, vacationing in the Carolinas, hiking the incredible Appalachian Trail, going to colleges in Norfolk, Virginia; making friends with people from Georgia and other Southern states as I got older.

But I don’t brag about growing up in the South. Why should I? The South has a much-deserved reputation for embracing bigotry, wishing to return to the “good ol’ days” when racism was proudly displayed in public areas, when slavery was everywhere and accepted as norm, and any kind of segregation was seen as a royally bad idea that simply could never work. In many parts of the South, certainly in Florida (where they were seen firsthand), there are still signs on trains exhorting the public to use “Colored Only” or “White” restrooms and water fountains.

Well, I guess that explains why I could not see the Disney-fied version of Southern racism in “The Help” (where mistreated and under paid black nannies love their jobs and “employers” and find endearing salvation at the knowing touch of a teenage white girl) any more than I was shocked to read the news story that Mississippi Republicans when polled stated a desire to ban interracial marriage by a fairly large percentage.

Mr. and Mrs. Loving went through hell just to be able to love each other and support one another in the South, and in some Southern states interracial marriage was still not legal until the late 90s to early 2000.

But enough of my angry complaint. Here’s a link to the story:

  1. Its frightening to think these are real attitudes going on in a supposedly civilized society

  2. Unbelievable. And sad.

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