I am saddened to see the amount of vitriol Derek Luke recently received about his Latina wife Sophia after posting their photo on Instagram. They were high school sweethearts and have been married for 17 years.  That is quite an accomplishment and they are to be congratulated. Fed up, Derek Luke defending his wife said:  “But we’re in the year of 2015 & when should it be a “problem” to date outside of your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN?”  I say he should not have said anything and owes no one an explanation.  This IS 2015.  They are happy, it is evident and it should be left at that.  As a black woman in an interracial marriage, I don’t appreciate the hate and criticism we get for marrying out and there is no way I am going to sign on to doing the same thing I hate done to me/us.  Keep your heads up Derek and Sophia.  Stay beautiful.

Derek’s response to detractors on Instagram.

 

iamderekluke  I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to they're own opinion. (Positive or Negative) But we're in the year of 2015 & when should it be a "problem" to date outside of your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN? I'm doing the unusual & going through my comments & the comments I see about my wife being another race is bugging me out. Who one chooses to date is that persons business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason some folks are still focused on (Color). Doesn't make any sense to me. But I guess that's the ignorance of OTHERS. My wife may not be Black but she is mine. And she's mine with a heart of gold. People are so quick to judge but can't even distinguish the difference of another's race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She's not white, she's not black, she's not Chinese, she's Hispanic. And she's mine!!

iamderekluke I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to they’re own opinion. (Positive or Negative) But we’re in the year of 2015 & when should it be a “problem” to date outside of your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN? I’m doing the unusual & going through my comments & the comments I see about my wife being another race is bugging me out. Who one chooses to date is that persons business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason some folks are still focused on (Color). Doesn’t make any sense to me. But I guess that’s the ignorance of OTHERS. My wife may not be Black but she is mine. And she’s mine with a heart of gold. People are so quick to judge but can’t even distinguish the difference of another’s race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Chinese, she’s Hispanic. And she’s mine!!

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