I was browsing through blog posts and articles recently and I came across a question that said, “Help! My daughter is marrying a black man! What should I do?” Reading and re-reading the question out loud in my head, it surprises me how there are still these bigoted stereotypes like that in this day and age. It seemed like a really big crisis for that woman, almost comparable to asking a question such as “my daughter is marrying a drug addict, what should I do?”
Nawal al-Hawsawi is outspoken, black, a qualified pilot and married to a white man – everything her critics say a Saudi woman shouldn’t be. But despite receiving waves of abuse on social media, she refuses to bow to convention and hits back at her detractors “with love”. Al-Hawsawi has become something of a star on social media. She has amassed almost 50,000 followers on Twitter, where she posts about the importance of racial diversity and marriage equality.
60 years is so long to wait but in this case late is definitely better than never. Stories like this are so inspiring and leaves one with such hope for our future. But it also makes me want to go back in time and punch some folks in the nose. Joan Williams will finally take her place atop a float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses on New Year’s Day 2015. I am thrilled that Mrs. Williams is alive to receive this honor. Here’s to good things coming full circle.