This is another one of those things where, if you flip the dial, the outrage would be utter and overwhelming.
White opposition to racial intermarriage was seen as one of the ugliest forms of bigotry. Social justice historians still remain obsessed with white opposition to racial intermarriage, long after it mostly vanished, but remains far more pervasive in the black community.
That brings us to Senator Kamala Harris being asked about marrying a white man in that same disastrous “I inhaled” interview.
As the interview was wrapping up, one of the hosts, Charlamagne Tha God, asked Harris to respond to those who ask: “How is she so black but she married a white guy?”
“Look, I love my husband, and he happened to be the one that I chose to marry, because I love him — and that was that moment in time, and that’s it,” Harris said. “And he loves me.”
Flip the racial dial, and there would be total outrage. That particular exchange would have been all anyone was talking about.
If a white politician had to defend the racial legitimacy of marrying a black man, there would be a “national dialogue”.
And yet it gets a pass.
Opposition to interracial marriage these days comes from black people, not white people.
As Denzel Washington puckered up to kiss Kelly Reilly, his redheaded co-star in the movie “Flight,” you half expect the camera to cut away. Surely, Washington doing “love scenes” with a white woman in a movie billed as an airplane thriller would be too much baggage for the movie to fly…
I was watching a sold-out Saturday matinee at the Magic Johnson theaters in Largo — the place to go if you want to hear the audience interacting with what’s happening on screen.
The kiss, on the other hand, got no reaction at all. Just a mood-shifting silence, as if the theater had suddenly lost cabin pressure and there wasn’t enough air left to even let out a sigh.
There was a long-standing belief that the reason Washington did so few interracial romantic scenes was not to offend black women, who are his core audience and greatest admirers.
There is a huge double standard on race. And very little honesty about that double standard.