Racism is still alive folks.
Model Ashley Graham has risen to the top and representing for the thick women in the world. Many didn’t know she has been married for 7 years to her husband Justin Ervin, who is black.
While interracial dating is slowly becoming more and more accepted in American society it wasn’t in Graham’s family. She spoke with Glamour Magazine about her family’s “cold” and “racist” reaction when she brought her then boyfriend home for the first time.
I brought Justin home to Nebraska. Now, I should probably mention that Justin is black, and that I didn’t grow up around many black people. The sum total of what I learned about African American culture in school was Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Underground Railroad. This was more than my mom knew; she didn’t even see a black person in real life until she was 18 years old.
I never told Justin any of this, and I never told my grandparents that the man I was bringing home was black. I naively hoped everyone would be color-blind—which is not what happened. When my grandparents met Justin, my grandmother was cordial but cold. She greeted him and immediately walked away. When it came time for them to leave, my grandparents didn’t even acknowledge him. Instead, my grandmother looked me in the eye, with Justin standing behind me, and said, “Tell that guy I said goodbye.”
I had never seen my loving, hardworking, and wonderful grandma be so hurtful and so racist. I was in shock.
To read her full interview where she talks about sex, abstinence and her husband go here.
Source: Glamour Magazine