When I was born in 1959, my parents’ biracial marriage was illegal in 13, maybe even as many as 19, states.
My late father served in the U.S. Army at the very end of World War II and attended Wilkes College on the GI Bill. It was there that he met, and later married, a pretty coed majoring in pre-med who was born and raised in China.
It was not until 1966 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional and illegal. Nevertheless, in the ’60s, ’70s and even beyond, it was not easy for my parents to be the only biracial couple raising three biracial children in a small town in rural Centre County. It took some people a little, and sadly even a lot, longer to come around to the idea of a man and woman of different races getting married and raising a family.
Some of Donald Trump’s political rhetoric can be very unsettling to some people, and at times it is even caustic, but he does create a healthy debate, which is always good for a democracy such as ours.
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What is not so good is when he says things that take our country back decades. Back to a time that was not so good for minorities, women of any race, and people with handicaps or disabilities, and to a time when people were treated differently just because one or both of their parents was not born here.
C. Erik Rutkowski, Bellefonte