I really wish we lived in a time where you really could love whomever you wanted to love, without any sort of judgment — especially when it comes to someone's race. But unfortunately, that's not the case in the world we live in today. Yes, we've come a very long way from where we were 50 years ago, but that's certainly not to say mixed race couples don't have to deal with weird looks and offensive comments that unfairly question the legitimacy of their love. But on a more inspiring note, these tweets about people's interracial relationships shed light upon their struggles, and more importantly, they teach us that, at the end of the day, love really is love.
The conversation started when John Struthers (@jjstruthersuk on Twitter), a professor of economics in Scotland, posted a photo of himself with his wife, who's from Ghana. He posted the beautiful photo, along with the following, caption:
I thought I would share..
We’ve had disapproving looks, ‘we are full’, ‘is that your wife’ and many more actions questioning our relationship over the last 40+yrs
We haven't wavered!
The best way of fighting racism is living your life, standing tall and educating. #Diversity
The tweet struck a chord with people throughout the world, and many Twitter users responded by sharing their own pictures featuring their mixed-race relationships, along with anecdotes about their own experiences.
In a world filled with depressing headlines and negative social media posts, it's refreshing that Professor Struthers decided to use his own love story to offer up a glimmer of hope to others who might be struggling. One Twitter user, Ali Mufuruki, expressed his gratitude for the post in a tweet saying:
Every once in a while, a random human being shares something so beautiful, so powerful it restores my faith in humanity. @jjstruthersuk has just done that for me today. Thank you so much and God bless you!
This is an important reminder that, no matter what, love is love — in all of its many shapes and sizes.