ITYC won't be live this Friday, but a pre-recorded Friday Freestyle is available for your listening/downloading pleasure right here or on the ITYC player here on the blog.
I talk about how a joking Paula Patton sends this mom's brain into a tizzy of examining issues of colorism among people of color and share a story of how a former colleague loudly lamented the dearth of "beautiful brown babies" as she played with my slightly melanin challenged child.
Aside from Paula Patton, I discuss more about the The Loving Story and share some details about the film including how Richard Loving's mom felt about Mildred. I also read a few passages from Peggy Pascoe's book What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America that really blew my mind and provided me with some additional context for what I saw in the Loving documentary. One of the passages I read tells the story of how a Mexican American woman and an African American man run afoul of California's miscegenation laws in 1947. I also discuss how our choice of marriage or life partner has been profoundly shaped by our country's long history of miscegenation laws.
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