Tell Me Again About Our Post-Racial Society


Actually, tell it to Ashley Miller’s dad, who disowned her for dating outside her race. He apparently didn’t get the memo about racism being a thing of the past. A scene with two lovers holding hands in which there is some contrast in skin tone is, to him, so intolerable that he must cut his daughter out of his life. Of course, he’s a coward as well as a racist, so he made his wife tell his daughter that he is willing to give her up over the skin color of her beau.

Lovers holding hands. Image courtesy Tanjila Ahmed.

Lovers holding hands. Image courtesy Tanjila Ahmed.

Racism is still a reality. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not. Don’t tell yourself that lie.

I hope Ashley’s father has a photo like this one.

Parent and child. Image courtesy Steve Baty.

Parent and child. Image courtesy Steve Baty.

I hope it makes him weep. I hope it will make him think, and I hope it will eventually make him come to some different conclusions.

Comments

  1. rq says

    I’ve been struggling through some of the comment threads regarding Ashley’s story. :( And wow. Just wow. In a bad way.
    I’m so glad most people are being supportive, but those few toxic haters in the mix really make it horrible. And that’s just me, ‘involved’ by virtue of being a reader of Ashley’s and PZ’s blogs. My heart goes out to Ashley.

  2. Lofty says

    I’ve put in my bytes of support. Luckily Ashley’s getting lots of positive posts to balance the haters.

  3. F [disappearing] says

    Ugh. I hadn’t run into haters in any of the threads when I read them. I think I’m going to keep it that way.