If you've ever read the amazing, best-selling novel The Help, you can probably vividly recall how author Kathryn Stockett described early 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. It was a place and time torn by racial injustice and tension. It seems to me that anyone would be crazy to want to turn the clock back to that time and place, but apparently 46 percent of Republicans currently living in Mississippi want to do just that. Results from a recent survey from Public Policy Polling found that eerily, almost half of Republicans think interracial marriage should be illegal. Only 40 percent said they thought it should remain legal, with the rest unsure.
No, these survey results do not date back to the Civil War or Civil Rights Movement. They're from today, 2011. Are these people out of their minds, or is Mississippi stuck in some kind of hate-filled time warp? I tend to think it's more so the latter ...
It's interesting to note that the racist Republicans who would like to criminalize interracial marriage also throw their support behind Sarah Palin, but seem to have something against Mitt Romney. Oh, well, I guess it's because he's a Mormon (weird) Yankee (bad).
At any rate, though, this news is so terribly disheartening. I guess poll respondents aren't aware -- or don't care -- that it's been over 40 years since Loving vs. Virginia, in which the Supreme Court declared that anti-miscegenation laws were racist and had been enacted to perpetuate white supremacy. But believe it or not, Alabama only just repealed their laws against mixed-race marriage in 2000.
And it seemed our only challenge yet collectively as a country was to get over the pairing of the words "gay" and "marriage"! Ha! Nope, looks like I was sadly mistaken. Some people are still struggling to comprehend the concept of two people of different races being together. It's pathetic.
I just can't wrap my head around anyone wanting to turn back the clock in this way. And I'm befuddled by the same people who seem to have such a problem with government regulation -- at the same time believing that the government should be regulating our love lives! It's total hypocritical ridiculousness. Their only rationale is backed by bigotry. How on earth are we supposed to move forward as a society if so many people are paralyzed by fear and hatred? The only option seems to be to just ignore these ignorant fools, and keep on fighting for progress in the name of love.
Can you believe this poll's finding?
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