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Had an interesting moment with my Mom the other day.  She recorded Loving on the DVR and asked if I wanted to watch it with her.  She peppered me with legal questions periodically until we got about ¾ of the way into the movie when she sat up and went, “wait! What year was this decided?” Being the good law student that I am, I rattled of, “June of 1967.”  My mom sat back heavily and went, “Oh.  Oh my. This case is why.”  At this point I whirled around and got to see understanding dawn across my mother’s face.

My grandmother is a Japanese National.  She’s here on a greencard, which she has by virtue of her marriage to my grandfather, a U.S. Citizen.  My grandfather was a proud Texan of German/Irish descent who enlisted in the Navy by fudging his age.  He was shipped off to Japan in his early twenties.  He met my grandmother while stationed in Japan and they dated.  My mom knows few details about how they met or their relationship before getting married.  All my mom knows is that they waited a long time to get married before getting married in a big hurry. They were married in July of 1967.

I watched understanding dawn across my mother’s face as she realized that they were waiting for this Supreme Court case.  Because their marriage was illegal until weeks before they were married.  I watched her realize that her parents engaged in the same rush to the courthouse that accompanied the SCOTUS decision on same sex marriage.

By nature of my birth, any marriage I enter into will be interacial.  It’s the same way my mother’s marriage is interacial by nature of the fact that she’s both Asian and European. This is something I have rarely considered in thinking on marriage beyond, I definitely want to incorporate Japanese traditions.   But, two generations ago, my grandparents’ interracial marriage was on hold because it was initially illegal.  Blows my mind.

I am very happy and today is a day to celebrate and be joyful but let’s not forget that there is still much work to do! For example, in my home state of NC magistrates can still deny marriage licenses to any couple based on their own “religious” beliefs. Today was a major victory for civil rights but although we won this battle the fight is far from over!

ochiichan-deactivated20140413  asked:

Hellooo again. :D I have a question to ask you.
My sister likes different kinds of guys of different races. Hispanic, African Americans, Caucasions. She currently like this African American guy. However, it's difficult for her because my parents don't agree with her being with him. They don't like the idea of a white person being with a black person. :/ My mother talks to me about this sometimes. She tells me that the bible says not to "Intermix" witch other races.
Where does it say in the bible where interracial relationship is wrong?
And why is it such a huge deal in society?
Thank you. <3


-Chris

It doesn’t.  Is says that you should not marry anyone who is a different religion then you.  The Old Testament Law commanded the Israelites not to engage in interracial marriage (Deuteronomy 7:3-4). However, the reason for this was not primarily racial in nature. Rather, it was religious. The reason God commanded against interracial marriage was that people of other races were idolaters and worshippers of false gods. The Israelites would be led astray from God if they intermarried with idol worshippers, pagans, or heathens. A similar principle is laid out in the New Testament, but at a much different level: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Just as the Israelites (believers in the one true God) were commanded not to marry idolaters, so Christians (believers in the one true God) are commanded not to marry unbelievers. To answer this question specifically, no, the Bible does not say that interracial marriage is wrong.  

As Martin Luther King noted, a person should be judged by his or her character, not by skin color. There is no place in the life of the Christian for favoritism based on race (James 2:1-10). When selecting a mate, a Christian should always first find out if the potential spouse is born again by faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:3-5). Faith in Christ, not skin color, is the biblical standard for choosing a spouse. Interracial marriage is not a matter of right or wrong, but of wisdom, discernment, and prayer.

The only reason interracial marriage should be considered carefully is the difficulties a mixed-race couple may experience because of others who have a hard time accepting them. Many interracial couples experience discrimination and ridicule, sometimes even from their own families. Some interracial couples experience difficulties when their children have skin tones of different shades from the parents and/or siblings. An interracial couple needs to take these things into consideration and be prepared for them, should they decide to marry. Again, though, the only biblical restriction placed on whom a Christian may marry is whether the other person is a member of the body of Christ.  i hope this helps.   By the way I am in an interracial marriage happily for 33 years.  God has blessed our union.  God bless you! <3