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Browse the profiles of influential couples around the world or visualize some of that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of Back in the 50s, the American public was vehemently against interracial relationships, with just 5% of the population approving of the practice. Mark Whitaker is CNN's executive vice president and managing editor. "My Long Trip Home" chronicles his upbringing in a biracial family.
Interracial couple in 1950s: bravery, faith and turning the other cheek
She nodded and he took her hand, but she never looked him in the eye, and her damp fingers and the red tips of her ears betrayed how nervous she was. Afterward he discovered that the night watchman, who was called Old Martin, had complained to a nurse at the infirmary. One day the work campers went on an overnight trip and had to search for hours to find a spot that wasn't marked "White" and "Colored" to set up their tents.
In the middle of the night, four cars pulled up with headlights flashing. A dozen drunken men got out, announcing that they had come to get "that n He calmly insisted that the person they were looking for wasn't there, and eventually the drunks got back in the cars and left, giving the campers a terrible scare but also an object lesson, as my father described it to my mother, in the power of nonviolent resistance.
He told her about another terrifying incident that happened later that summer. Toward the end of the eight-week camp, the brother of the girl he had asked to square-dance came back to town and joined the loitering pack of local white boys.
All of a sudden, they started to be suspiciously nice to my father. They shouted out to invite him to join them on a hike, then on a rifle-shoot. The other campers told him to ignore them, especially a white Jewish girl from New York with whom he had been taking long walks.
What if they were trying to lure him into an "accident"? But he replied that the whole point of work camping was to teach people from different backgrounds to get to know and respect each other. If he didn't go, he would always wonder what was really in their hearts.
So when the local boys arrived in a car to pick him up, he climbed into the backseat. They drove to a clearing in the woods with a big tree stump at the end. Shotguns were handed out and everyone took turns firing at cans placed on top of the wooden nub.
Once all the cans were knocked down, one boy at a time would walk across the clearing and set them up again. When it was my father's turn, he set off slowly toward the stump, his back to the other boys.
He said that he never experienced so powerfully the physical effects of fear.
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Every muscle in his body tightened up, and he felt like he was going to vomit. After setting up the cans, he turned around and faced what looked like a hillbilly firing squad: His breathing stopped and he almost fainted as he walked back toward them. But no one fired, and from then on the white boys treated him like one of them, as though he had passed a tribal test of manhood.
On the last week of camp, the family of the girl at the square dance invited all the work campers to a chicken dinner. After that, he told my mother, he felt he really understood what the Quaker belief in searching for the Light in every human being was all about.
As they talked, visit after visit, my mother found herself falling in love. It was partly a physical condition, with all the usual symptoms: She couldn't stop thinking about him when they were apart, and she longed for their next rendezvous. As she walked across campus, she found herself humming a Nellie Lutcher tune: He looks good to me, and all I can see is his fine brown frame. She fell in love with the idea of him.
He was handsome in a way that particularly appealed to her, perhaps because she had spent her early childhood in Africa. She respected his bravery in coming to a virtually all-white school like Swarthmore and good-naturedly confronting the racism he had encountered in his life. And she was moved that he took his faith so seriously, that coming from such different backgrounds they shared the same commitment to battling the world's evils by turning the other cheek rather than demanding an eye for an eye.
She was taken with his charisma and the almost chemical effect he had on other people. From the time he arrived at Swarthmore, he had "displaced a lot of water," as one of his friends described it. He told her the story of how, as a freshman, he had gone into the little barbershop in town for a trim and the barber had refused to serve him.
Word spread across campus and soon scores of students joined a boycott. One Greek-American student from Massachusetts named Michael Dukakis even began offering haircuts in his dorm room, a story that decades later the Dukakis campaign would tout in his presidential run. She saw that Syl Whitaker knew how to enjoy himself, when he would arrive with stories of sneaking off with Michael DeLaszlo in his roommate's car to go to a jazz club in Philadelphia or to get their favorite hoagie sandwiches at a delicatessen called Stacky's in Chester.
She didn't hear the story of how his roommates had once been shooting the bull late at night and played a game of How Would You Like to Die? But she also saw him as possessing a maturity and talent for leadership beyond his years.
That impression only deepened when, in the months they were meeting secretly, he was selected to run the Swarthmore Folk Festival. The three-day event had started in the mids, when she was an undergraduate, and by the time she came back to teach in the early s it was the biggest thing on campus. Singers like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly had all come to perform, and each year hundreds of young people from up and down the East Coast descended on the college, filling the walkways with their cars and littering the dorm rooms with their sleeping bags.
To headline the festival, my father booked Josh White, one of my mother's favorites, and the black protest singer got the crowd stomping and clapping and singing along to his renditions of "Lonesome Road" and "On Top of Old Smokey. My father was chosen to mediate and he spent days crafting a proposal for new rules that would have limited the number of outside visitors and required registration in advance.
But Smith rejected the compromise and eventually canceled the concert. My father concluded that the WASP-ish president, who had once decreed to the student body that he would tolerate "no ostentatious displays of affection," was simply a prude.
He didn't like the fact that students held hands during the festival and wore blue jeans. The jeans issue rankled my father so much that he decided to visit Smith in his office in Parish Hall to discuss the matter.
He pointed out that as a financially strapped student on a full scholarship, he wore jeans to cut down on his cleaning bills, but Smith was unimpressed and curtly dismissed him after a short conversation. Read another excerpt from "My Long Trip Home " By the end of the school year, my mother had decided that her feelings for my father were strong enough that she needed to confide in someone.
Inthey approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court. After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of The last law officially prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in Under his leadership, the country underwent significant economic and social progress, while Ruth was a politically active and influential First Lady.
But first they had to overcome the wave of bigotry brought about by their controversial marriage. For eight years they lived as exiles in England, until the Bamangwato sent a personal cable to the Queen in protest. Their sons Ian and Tshekedi later became significant political figures as well. Much of this work rested on the efforts of a remarkable young man named Arcadio Huang. In France, he soon joined with a number of promising young French scholars to develop a Chinese-French dictionary.
There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable. A year later, Marie-Claude died giving birth to their first child and Huang, heartbroken, followed her a year later.
Historians have speculated that their unusual marriage was one of the first of its kind. As he gained acceptance into the culture, he taught Spanish combat tactics to the Maya, which are said to have allowed them to drive out the conquistadors. When Hernan Cortez arrived in the area, an attempt was made to retrieve Guerrero and one other survivor.
My face is tattooed and my ears are pierced. What would the Spaniards say if they saw me like this?
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Go, and God's blessing be with you. Statue of Gonzalo Guerrero guarding over his family. The two met in on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Egypt. Their love for one another was not received well by the general public, especially in the United States, where racism was still very much the norm.
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