I have come to learn that family constitutes a collective group of people drawn together by a sense of care, love, and protection; it should not matter if they are black, white, red, yellow or blue…nor should it matter if they are gay or straight. Love and care are both ubiquitous traits inculcated in families. Hence, now that we are in the 21st century, it should not matter who a person marries, nor should individuals feel as though they have the right to embark on one’s family dynamic. As my buddy Jaylon once noted, we live in an age that consists of complex family dynamics. Families are comprised of step this and half that. Thus, why should people feel as though they have the right to express a sense of disdain toward one’s family make-up? The video below is a new favorite of mine; we live in an age in which interracial house holds of all sorts define the American identity. It is that identity that makes the world so beautiful. As noted here in an NPR piece regarding the Cheerios Ad regarding the interracial family:
After clicking around the Web, I discovered that the issue was indeed the commercial’s interracial-ness. People on YouTube and Reddit were salty because the ad seemed to push “race” in their face: “These videos encourage people to seek partners outside their racial group. It already happens too much … for comfort. I shall eat Toasted Oats instead.”
I am proud of this video; it moves us closer to realizing that the American family is beautiful; it is as Jaylon once noted: the traditional family.
Unfortunately for many of us today, we have allowed politicians to espouse slogans such as family values and protecting the family and marriage to the point that we are not clear why the definition of family has changed. Today, almost 60% of all American marriages end in divorce. Dating back to the 2004 election, conservative Democrats and Republicans played the vote card by blaming the demise of marriage and the family on gays and lesbians. Gary Glenn, a prominent member of the traditional family movement in the U.S. state of Michigan, has described the movement as “…a burgeoning alliance of white evangelicals, conservative Roman Catholics and African-American Protestants for whom gay marriage is like abortion: non-negotiable.” (Wiki)
One of my favorite families that defines the “new” traditional family is that of Food Networks guru chef, Cat Cora. There was a great picture of her and her wife with their kids in a recent Food Network Magazine.