Today is the 55th anniversary of the day that Rosa Parks told a bus driver she wasn’t going to give up her seat on the bus to make room for a white passenger. As someone who values justice, fairness and equality I am happy that Rosa had the courage to stand up for what was right. As a man who loves and has chosen to spend my life with a woman of color I am incredibly grateful for Rosa and every other person of color who has endured things that I cannot even imagine. I cannot imagine what it’s like to be treated differently than others because I don’t look the same. I cannot imagine being told that I am not as worthy simply because the pigment of my skin is darker. I cannot imagine being threatened or worse for no other reason than the color of my skin.
It saddens me to know that there are still people in this country, in this world, who actually believe that the color of a person’s skin makes them less of a human. Bigotry on any level disgusts me – even though I myself am guilty of it. Since knowing and loving Cristina I have a new found appreciation for how difficult it can still be to be “of color” in America. My hope is that on this day we can all take a moment and think honestly about our own prejudices – be they based on race, creed, religion, socioeconomic status, political affiliation – and maybe take some inspiration from a very brave woman’s act 55 years ago and set them aside.