From where I sit, the state of race in this country is improving. From where I sit, more people are understanding what it means to be biracial and multiracial. From where I sit, that is the only option. How can I say that? Because it seems like we’re talking about race more, really talking about it. Not yelling it, or protesting it or stomping it. There is a conversation taking place in this country. It is inevitable. Each day I see more and more couples and children who look like us. I see them on television, in the newspaper, at the grocery store, in church, at school.
As the country marks civil rights anniversaries, those times seem so far away and at the same time so very close. Some 50 to 60 years ago, I would not have been able to sit at a lunch counter, attend school, or ride a bus with the man I now call my husband. Race relations are better, but we are not in a place where race does not matter. There are racists; there always will be. As time goes on and many of them pass on, I can hope they leave fewer of them in their wake.