Live and Let Live!

I just read a NY Times article describing an incident in which an African American woman, married to a Caucasian, was chastised by an elderly woman, in a Toms River, NJ store. The elderly woman was disturbed because she was in the company of her light-skinned daughter. I was taken aback, to put it mildly, by what I read.

Most of us, fortunately or unfortunately, are mixtures of some sort. I myself am bi-cultural, born to Russian and Austrian parents. Others are the product of more than one religion. There are lots of folks whose parents are from two states, different boroughs of the City of New York. Others who may be considered made up of dual factors, include: inter-active, inter-allied, inter-association, inter-bred, inter-caste, inter-chromosomal, inter-coastal, inter-communal, inter-connected, inter-country, inter-faced, inter-generational, inter-leaved or perhaps, inter-Interracial marriage in the US has been fully legal in all 50 states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision that reasoned anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at much earlier dates. The United States has many ethnic and racial groups and interracial marriage is fairly common among most of them. Multi-racial Americans numbered 6.8 million in 2000, or 2.4% of the population. Now statistics show that they number 6.1 million or 2% in July 2006. It should be noted that: Hogs outnumber people in MN, SD, NE and IA 6 to 1, 3 million to 19 million.

The most common external factors influencing Inter-cultural relationships and marriages are the acceptance of the family and the society in which the couple lives. Whatever one is nobody’s business. Each of us is entitled to live our lives as we see fit.

Research indicates that race matters less these days, it’s been reported that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic.

Interracial marriages have soared since the 1980s. About 6.8 percent of newly married couples reported marrying outside their race or ethnicity in 1980. That figure has jumped to about 14.6 percent, back in 2008.

Question: “What does the Bible say about interracial marriage?”

Answer: The Old Testament Law commanded the Israelites not to engage in interracial marriage 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?” 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.

We all believe in something, and probably rightly so. Not trying to be irreligious or non-believer, but things have changed since the days of Deuteronomy and Corinthians. People need not, and should not be accepted or rejected because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs. It’s what in your heart and how you use what it tells you!

Some of the greatest Americans, in our history, were part of an inter-racial marriage. Folks like: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frederick Douglas and here’s the big one, Barack Obama, Sr. These are some of America’s greatest folks ever! These folks are important to our history, culture and when you consider their impact on our daily lives. Would our loud mouth in Toms River dare open her lips to any of these folks? I would think not! Life is too short and why would anyone, in their right mind, go out of their way to be obnoxious to anyone else about who they are? Live and let live, that’s my motto.

People, no matter what race, ethnic background, sexual orientation or whatever, should be thought of based on what’s inside and nothing else. We supposedly live in a country that allows for Freedom of Choice! Ms. Toms River mean mouth needs to free herself of her prejudices and move on with her life and allow everyone, regardless of their ethnicity or any other characteristics to do the same.

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