Recalling ‘The Bully’ from my childhood. When I was a kid, there were no support groups for bullying. The parent mantra for bullying was, “Tomorrow, there will be someone else. You’ll see.” For me, there was no tomorrow for someone else. It was only me…day after day after day. I would never have dreamed how much horror one person can dole out to another.
I have been raised in a very open-minded family. My mother, has always been exceptional. Even during the 60’s when the Civil Rights fight was raging, many kids of color would not help the Caucasian kids learn about their culture. Our school was now integrated school and the questions and interest was sincere. My mom, took a stand and bridged the gap.
I was almost blown away by this story. I say almost because having researched vintage interracial marriage and relationships, I have seen so many similar stories except that it is usually between black and whites. I am still a sucker for happy endings. Read the amazing story of Helen Gladys (Emery) Aoki and Gunjiro Aoki, pictured in March 1909. She lost her citizenship for marrying a Japanese man as interracial marriage was prohibited even in Washington State at this time. Fascinating and awesome love. The story told by great niece Brenda Wong Aoki at History Link.org
With one sister boasting fair skin with ginger hair and the other having darker skin with curls, you may find it hard to believe these two are twins.
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.
Exceprted from Love is (colour) blind: A look at interracial relationships in 2013 February 13, 2013 by infinitom
It was 1983. Deborah Wallace, a second-generation Canadian of Scottish descent, had fallen in love with Stephen Hinds, a black man from Guyana. When Hinds walked into the insurance company Wallace worked for, it was love at first sight.
Meet Noella Coursaris Masters. Her mother is Congolese-Zambian and her father was Cypriot (from Cyprus). Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this woman is elegance, grace and class personified. Then she wraps it up nicely into down home spirit of good old fashion niceness and girl next door. I can’t say too many wonderful things about her work as a wife, mother, model and philanthropist. Hubby James Masters must have been smitten by her drive and passion as well as obvious beauty.