Apparently, Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan had a case of "jungle fever" back in college. It’s been reported that Ryan’s college sweetheart was African-American.
By now, you might be asking yourself, “What do interracial relationships have to do with politics anyway? Aren’t personal relationships supposed to be, well, personal?”
But sometimes someone’s personal relationship, mixed with their public record can say a great deal about them. I’m not saying that Paul Ryan is a racist. However, just because someone thinks a person of another race is tolerable, doesn’t mean he or she doesn't cringe at the thought of people of that particular descent.
In the 1660s, Maryland became the first colony to prohibit interracial marriages. It wasn’t until 1967 that the Supreme Court made it legal in all states for lovers to marry outside of their race. Sadly, some states didn’t comply with the ruling. It took a popular vote in 1998 and 2000 for South Carolina and Alabama to overturn their prohibitions. Though support for interracial marriage is at an all-time national high, some people believe it should be illegal. The majority of these people reside in my part of the country, the South.
Back in April, Mitt Romney was placed on the spot at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During the meeting, 28-year-old Bret Hatch tried to quote a passage from a Mormon text and asked Romney if he believed interracial marriage was a sin.
If you didn’t know, Romney is a Mormon believer. In the past, the Mormon Church has been accused of barring interracial marriage though church officials say it’s not true. Hatch began to quote Mormon scriptures that some say suggest racist beliefs in the Church of Latter Day Saints, then Romney said, “I’m sorry, we’re not going to have a discussion about religion in my view, but if you have a question I’ll be happy to answer your question.”
Hatch plainly asked if he believed it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black woman. Romney said, “No. Next question.” Quick answer, swift transition. Romney later returned to the topic on his own speaking on how he used to be a pastor for 10 years and how the experience gave him the opportunity to help others.
First off, having the title pastor before your name doesn’t make you a man of God. The Lord warned us about false prophets many generations ago. Secondly, just because you might have cared about the people you attempted to help, doesn’t mean you truly care for any and every one. If you don’t care about all people, how can you fairly lead an entire country?
There are people in this world who have no problem sleeping with, being with, and loving people of other races — but they would never be with that person or a person of that race in public.
Sometimes, they fear the stares and other times it’s because it could ruin their image. Any belief that one may have that encourages prejudice in any way is not a religion of true love.
If you secretly like something, that means you actually like it. Why be ashamed of it? It’s a part of who you are. You should own up to it and people should accept you for it. I can understand if someone is in love with someone harmful, then an intervention is needed. But, trying to intervene in a person’s life because of the race of people that they have relations with is past childish. If a person can turn his or her back on their heart, why would you want them to lead you? They could easily turn their back on you.