Why it’s still necessary to talk about Interracial marriage today

June 19, 2013

The New York Times asks “Is Interracial Marriage Still Scandalous?”
One out of 12  marriages in the United States is interracial, and interracial marriage has been legal nationwide since 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state laws forbidding it were unconstitutional.  Yet, 46 years later, bias remains. Various writers address the issue in this “Room for Debate” feature in the New York TimesRelated: Our June 5 Link of the Day  called attention to this bias as it showed up in hate-filled, racist comments posted on YouTube.  The comments were in reaction to a Cheerios ad that featured a loving interracial couple and their young daughter.  Since then, a parody of that commercial has been independently produced to counter the hostile reactions of  people who judge and condemn others’ choices about whom they love—this time in  regard to another kind of marriage.  Susan Campbell, on her Hot Dogma blog, has placed both the authentic advertisement and the parody together on the same post, which you can watch here.  If you haven’t seen the actual original Cheerios ad (the lower one on Susan’s post), watch that video first. And then watch the spoof.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


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