By: Amy Wise
When two people of the same “color” are married to one another, there are so many things they do in their daily lives that are issue-free. On the flip side, when two people of different “colors” are married, bizarre things come up that most people would never even think about. Welcome to my world.
As you all know, we are in this nightmare trial with Otay Water et al. We are on Week 3 and still standing strong. Exhausted, but strong!! Of course, before trial started we had to pick a jury. When we were going through the various jurors, one of the things that we had to keep in mind was if anyone had issues with Jamie and me being an interracial couple. Weird huh? But if a juror had issues about Jamie and me as a couple, it could possibly interfere with his or her feelings regarding the outcome. You would hope this would not be the case, and that they would always be impartial, but in the end jurors are just people with opinions. So oddly, these are things that have to be considered.
It’s still so bizarre to me that race plays such a part of our lives, and yet, because things are always popping up regarding our interracial-ness, it’s just a fact of life for us in our marriage. We are just “us” and nothing else, but in some people’s eyes we are still an oddity or something they just don’t believe in at all. Hopefully by the time we are old and gray we can look back on all these weird racial situations with fond memories. For now it’s still a very real part of our world. We don’t mind if people don’t get us, don’t approve of us, or for that matter, don’t like us…because the bottom line is: we get us, we approve of us, and we LOVE us!