Black and White or How Our Parents Reacted to Our (Interracial) Relationship
By PurpleClover on April 10, 2014
“Some places you won’t even be safe.” My father’s voice is raised.
Mother cries into her hands.
I understand what my father means when he says it’s not about love. It isn’t, and it isn’t about what a terrific, talented, smart, loving person Ty is, either. He’s black. For now, and for as far as my father can see, he believes that puts me in jeopardy. All I can see is that he’s revealed the limits of his own open-mindedness and risk harm.
“I love him. Don’t you understand? It’s about love.”
“Love,” he snorts sarcastically.
Yes, love, I think. To me, it’s only about love. It’s about people being together. The rest of it will change.
It has to.
Anne Pearlman is the author of "A Gift For My Sister" and "Infidelity: A Love Story." This is an excerpt from "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," an original memoir for Shebooks, the new publisher of short e-books by and for women.
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