We are the 15%

Something incredibly exciting happened to my little family over the weekend. If you follow me on twitter or Facebook, you can maybe guess what happened by the title of this post. If you don't, why the heck not?
Anywho. Somehow the hubs discovered an amazing website that a sweet couple put together after the backlash from the Cheerios commercial (read more about that here). The website is www.WeAreThe15Percent.com . The creators wanted to show everyone just how diverse American families truly are. The 15% part comes from a statistic from the 2008 census stating that 15% of new marriages are interracial. Of course, I am sure that number has significantly gone up since the 2008 census. One thing led to another and WeAreThe15Percent was featured on the Huffington Post AND the picture that you see above was also in the article. I feel semi-famous even if nobody else in the world noticed our picture. Just like the time you saw the back of my head for a millisecond in Will Ferrell's movie 'Talladega Nights'. :)

This little project got me thinking about my marriage. If this were 70 years back, our marriage would be illegal in most states. Although most Asian-caucasian relationships were tolerated, many couples still had to hide their love for each other for fear of prosecution or worse. It's just crazy to think about things like this.

You want to know something even crazier?? A form of this marriage racism still exists today in the Asian culture. A Korean woman once told me that even if she fell in love with someone outside of her race, she would never marry that person. She would only marry a Korean man to please her parents. There is also an Asian hierarchy of sorts - one Asian being superior to another and it is frowned upon to date someone from the lower tier of the Asian hierarchy.

I just hope that my girls fall in love with whoever they regardless of race or gender. I would hate to be the reason that my child suffers or doesn't marry the love of their life. I hope that they will come to know that their father and I are happiest when they are happy.

Love is love, people!