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I am a white fellow who endorses multiculturalism & interracial bridge - building
In fact, I feel jealousy is weakness near as pathological as childish clinginess ' exclusivity.

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WEB DuBois wrote
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,-- an American, a Negro; two warring souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.             [W.E.B. DuBois]

Race Bridges

I am a white fellow who endorses multiculturalism & interracial bridge - building
In fact, I feel jealousy is weakness near as pathological as childish clinginess - exclusivity.

[play background : Lou Rawls' immortal "You'll Never Find"]

Dedicated to

- AJS -

-she reintroduced me to this Forgotten Poem by Langston-


My old man's a white old man
And my old mother's black.
If ever I cursed my white old man
I take my curses back.

If ever I cursed my black old mother
And wished she were in hell,
I'm sorry for that evil wish
And now I wish her well.

My old man died in a fine big house.
My ma died in a shack.
I wonder where I'm going to die,
Being neither white nor black?

I, Too, Sing America

Poet Laureate of Harlem

Known during his lifetime as "the poet laureate of Harlem," Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902, second child of Carrie Langston Hughes and James Hughes. His mother, Carrie, or Carolina, was born near Lakeview in Douglas County, Kansas and attended school in Lawrence. Her mother was Mary Sampson Patterson Leary Langston, who was prominent in the African American community in Lawrence. Her first husband had died at Harper's Ferry fighting with John Brown; her second husband, Langston's grandfather, was a prominent Kansas politician during Reconstruction.

Shortly after her son was born James and Carrie divorced. Carrie brought her small boy to Lawrence where he spent much of the years 1903 to 1915 with his mother's mother. During the time Hughes lived with his grandmother, she was old and poor and unable to give Langston the attention he needed. Growing older, Langston felt hurt by both his mother and his father, and was unable to understand why he was not allowed to live with either of them. These feelings of rejection caused him to grow up very insecure and unsure of himself. Gifted, he began writing poetry in High School.

His father (practising law in Toluca, Mexico) promised to help sponsor his studies at Columbia -- if he pursued engineering. But very early he published "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" in The Crisis --- and was hooked on poetry.He studied at Columbia University from 1921 to 1922 before serving on a ship to Africa. (See the Blyden thesis: Africa's spirituality.) He then worked for a time in Paris. After his return to the United States, he worked as a busboy in Washington, D.C. There, in 1925, his literary skills were discovered after he left three of his poems beside the plate of American poet Vachel Lindsay, who recognized Hughes's abilities and subsequently helped to publicize Hughes's work.

In New York City, Hughes merged into the Harlem arts scene, associated with the premier writers and many of the top blues and jazz musicians of the time, and soon rose to the top in the eyes of the public. His name is thus connected with that historic movement known as the Harlem Renaissance, and he is generally considered its most representative poet, with others (like Countee Cullen) not far behind. He died in 1967.

For more   Langston Hughes info.

The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes


what . . .
goes around comes around

Because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation,   and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and
more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve.

President Barack Obama

Race Bridges : the African American : Heir of TWO Cultures

our bitter history
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. [Hebrews 11: 24-26]

Repent America
Time to Repent, America

Rajen Persaud
Made For Each Other

Deep in My Heart ~ I do Believe
We Shall Overcome Some Day

Seeking social justice

Are interracial couples still targets of hate and misunderstanding? Do you have a personal story (or know first-hand) of persecution, bigotry and especially stories with a happy ending, a testimony of overcoming hatred. After all, the rainbow promise of the Good Book is that love will one day completely triumph over hatred and bigotry and fear. God bless those who courageously chose love, and believe in the rainbow. Would you share?

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Glorious Heritage
Freedom is not Free
Hinge-Point of History
A New Birth of Freedom?
The Obama Moment for our Nation

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Anne Montague. The Colour of Love: Mixed Race Relationships

Karen Alonso. Loving V. Virginia: Interracial Marriage (Landmark Supreme Court Cases)

Rosemary Anne Breger, Rosanna Hill (editors). Cross-Cultural Marriage: Identity and Choice

Ellis Cose. Color-Blind: Seeing Beyond Race in a Race-Obsessed World

Gary Crester, Joseph Leon (ed.) Intermarriage in the United States: Marriage and Family Review; Volume Five, Number One (hardcover)

Janet Bode, Iris Rosoff. Different Worlds: Interracial and Cross-Cultural Dating

Joel Crohn, Ph.D. Mixed Matches: How to Create Successful Interracial, Interethnic, and Interfaith Relationships Fawcett Books, February 1995

Alvis O. Davis. It Won't Hurt to Know : What White Men Think About Black Women Sexually, What Black Women Think About White Men Sexually, What Black Men & Women Think

F. James Davis. Who is Black: One Nation's Definition

J. Lawrence Driskill. Cross-Cultural Marriages and the Church: Living the Global Neighborhood
Hope Publishing House, January 1995

Ruth Frankenberg. White Women, Race Matters : The Social Construction of Whiteness

Funderburg, Lise. Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity.
Hearst Books, 1994. [ISBN: 0688143474]

Pearlfuyo Fuyo Gaskins, ed. What Are You?: Voices of Mixed-Race Young People

Kathleen Gay. The Rainbow Effect: Interracial Families

Alfred Gordon. Intermarriage

Bryan J. Grapes (editor). Interracial Relationships

Jessie Carroll Grearson and Lauren B. Smith. Swaying: Essays on Intercultural Love

Shirlee Taylor Haizlip. The Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White

Man Keung Ho. Building a Successful Intermarriage Between Religions, Social Classes, Ethnic Groups or Races

Man Keung Ho. Intermarried Couples in Therapy (hardcover)

Helen L. Horowitz and Kathy Peiss. Love across the Color Line: The Letters of Alice Hanley to Channing Lewis

Martha Hodes. White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South

Walton R. Johnson, D. Michael Warren (editor). Inside the Mixed Marriage: Accounts of Changing Attitudes, Patterns, and Perceptions of Cross-Cultural and Interracial Marriages

James Hugo Johnston. Race Relations in Virginia and Miscegenation in the South, 1776-1860

Gigi Kaeser, Peggy Gillespie, Glenda Valentine. Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families

Terri Karis, Richard Powell, and Paul Rosenblatt. Multiracial Couples: Black and white voices

Tracy Elaine K'Meyer. Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South : The Story of Koinonia Farm

Keith Lane. Why Black Men and White Women Leave Home: Discover the Spirit of Love

Cloyte M. Larsson (editor). Marriage Across the Color Line

Mary Lott. Mixed Messages

Mark and Gail Mathabane. Love in Black and White : The Triumph of Love over Prejudice and Taboo

Mark and Gail Mathabane. Love in Black and White : The Triumph of Love over Prejudice and Taboo

Robert P. McNamara, Maria Tempenis, Beth Walton. Crossing The Line

Kevin J. Mumford. Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and NYC in the Early 20th Century

Gary B. Nash. Forbidden Love: The Secret History of Mixed-Race America

Renea D. Nash. Coping with Interracial Dating

Ernest Porterfield. Black and White Mixed Marriages

Dugan Ramano. Intercultural Marriage : Promises and Pitfalls

Maureen Reddy. Crossing the Color Line : Race, Parenting, and Culture

Edward Byron Reuter. Mulatto in the United States

Joel Augustus Rogers. Sex and Race; Negro-Caucasian Mixing in All Ages and All Lands Vol. I: The Old World, New York: Helga M. Rogers, 1967. Vol. II: The New World, 1942. Vol. III: Why White and Black Mix in Spite of Opposition, 1944; Volume IV: Why White and Black Do Mate.

Joel Augustus Rogers. Nature Knows No Color-Line : Research into the Negro Ancestry in the White Race. ISBN: 0960229450

Maria P.P. Root. Love's Revolution: Racial Intermarriage

Maria P.P. Root, ed. The Multiracial Experience: The Racial Borders As The New Frontier

Maria P.P. Root, ed. Racially Mixed People In America

Ellen B. Senisi (photographer), Kathy Tucker (editor). For My Family, Love, Allie

Robert J. Sickels. Race, marriage and the law

Reger C. Smith, Ph.D. Two Cultures; One Marriage : Pre-Marital Counseling for Mixed Marriages

Werner Sollors. Interracialism: Black-White Intermarriage in American History, Literature & Law

Werner Sollors. Neither Black nor White yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Lit

Jon Michael Spencer The New Colored People: The Mixed-Race Movement in America

Paul R. Spickard. Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century America

Dr. Lawrence R. Tenzer. A Completely New Look At Interracial Sexuality: Public Opinion and Select Commentaries

Lawrence R. Tenzer. The Forgotten Cause of the Civil War: A New Look at the Slavery Issue

Barbara Tizard and Ann Phoenix. Black, White, or Mixed Race?: Race and Racism in the Lives of Young People of Mixed Parentage . Routledge, 1993

Paul L. Wachtel. Race in the Mind of America: Breaking the Vicious Circle between Blacks and Whites

Joseph R. Washington,Jr. Marriage in Black and White

Wen-Shing Tseng. Adjustment in the Intercultural Marriage

Bea Wehrly, Kelley R. Kenney, Mark E. Kenney. Counseling Multiracial Families

Steve White, Ruth White. Free Indeed: The Autobiography of an Interracial Couple

Doris Wilkinson. Black Male - White Female

Gregory Howard Williams, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black

Joel Williamson. New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States

Marguerite Wright. I'm Chocolate, You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

Naomi Zack, ed. American Mixed Race: The Culture of Microdiversity

Recommended: Quakers and African-Americans (genealogy resource)

presidential prayer team
Presidential Prayer Team

We All Wish for a Peace Dividend
(But not at the price of forgetting those who served)

Mitt Romney

Have we not all one father?
Hath not one God created us?
Why do we deal treacherously
every man against his brother,
By profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Malachi 2:10

Are ye not as the children of
the Ethiopians unto Me,
O children of Israel, saith the Lord.
Have not I brought up Israel
out of the land of Egypt,
And the Philistines from Caphtor,
And Aram (Syria) from Kir.

Amos 9: 7

One Blood
Praxeis Apostolon
Epoiesen te ex enos haimatos
pan ethnos anthropon

God hath made of one blood
all nations of men for to dwell
on all the face of the earth

Acts 17 : 26

give us men
Give me men to match my mountains

Robert Shepherd

The New Martyrs

Mother Teresa


End Bullying  -  Fight Racism  -  Abolish Abuse


You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Dedicated to   A. J. S.

Lou Rawls BIO

America's Patchwork Heritage

Our glorious melting pot nation

Hector St. John de Crevecoeur:

Crevecoeur writes [1782] to tell from whence come Americans. He offers a list of old world countries and regions that gave birth to this "mixture" -- or, as he also calls them, "this promiscuous breed, that race now called Americans."

He praises their character, describing the wholesome motives driving them to escape their previous conditions, and how the new world has regenerated them. "What, then, is the American, this new man? He is neither an European nor the descendant of an European; hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country."

He has left behind the ancient prejudices and manners of whatever old world locale he comes from, and has received new ones on these shores. "Here individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world."

we live in a multicultural society

Jesus loves the little children - all the children of the world

red and yellow  -  black and white  -  they are precious   in his sight.

interracial rainbow
Our never-ending Melting Pot


Families ~ Linking
Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Sandy Carillo writes: "Interracial couples and familes should no longer feel and carry on as if discretion is the key to survival in a racist society, If we don't make ourselves seen and heard, then how can we really expect for others to learn to accept us and our choices as normal and as natural as theirs." Let Your Light Shine. And that could mean -- no more sneaking around "behind the Man's back. "

Repent America
Time to Repent, America