When asked about "mixed-race relationships," Common explained: "I disagree with them. Sometimes to get back up to the level of respect and love, you've gotta stick with your own for a minute and build a certain amount of strength and community within yours so that other people can respect and honor your traditions." Unlike the Klan, Common approves of interracial sex, in which he admits having indulged.
While volunteering at her daughter's school, Rachel Gregersen noticed something that bothered her.
When Rachel Gregersen gets asked for identification at the same store where her husband does not, or when they eat out together and the waiter asks if they want separate checks, she said, they notice it.
The couple has been married for 11 years, and previously blended into more diverse communities like Chicago's Pullman neighborhood and Oak Park.
But they decided to transfer their daughter to a private school with a greater mix of black and white students.
It's a small example of issues interracial couples still face, even 50 years after mixed marriages became legal nationwide. Virginia case — the subject of the recent film "Loving" — that the U. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional.
Stax and Motown would trade lead over which label was "keepin' it real." Otis Redding would be sitting on the dock of the bay, recovering from gunshots fired by the Temptations -- strapped, cruising the streets in a tinted SUV, searching for respect. When not rapping, Common stays in touch with his inner Klansman. Sticklers might recall the heat then-presidential candidate George W.
Bush took when he agreed to speak at Bob Jones University, which, at the time, forbade interracial dating among students without parental permission.
For example, Obama just dined with the socially conscious Rev.Her 8-year-old daughter was the only African-American she saw in her class."I was seeing the world through her eyes for the first time," Gregersen said."It's important for children to see a reflection of themselves, to see the beauty in themselves and know they're not odd."Gregersen, who is black, and her husband, Erik, who is white, don't make a big deal out of living as a biracial couple in Elmhurst.More broadly, the couple is concerned about how their children might be treated by law enforcement.Along with a talk about the birds and bees, they will have to talk about what to do when stopped by police."Being in an interracial marriage did open my eyes to things like that that I never would have thought about," Erik Gregersen said.Unlike Sharpton, Common never called then-New York Mayor David Dinkins, the city's first and only black mayor, a "n--ger whore." Besides, Common and Obama go way back. His daughter is named after Assata Shakur, a black panther formerly known as Joanne Chesimard.They both belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, presided over by the Rev. Shakur was sentenced to life for her role in the execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.Rapper "Common" recently performed for "poetry night" at the White House. " said the out-of-touch, Golf Channel-watching, Pat Boone-loving right-wingers, who called Common unworthy of an invitation to the People's House.The Comedy Channel's hip Jon Stewart ridiculed the unhip for their outrage. White House press secretary and apparent rap-o-phile Jay Carney, who hails from the mean streets of the Lawrenceville prep school and Yale -- where he majored in Russian and Eastern European studies -- defended Common as "socially conscious." Common ought not, therefore, be grouped with non-socially conscious rappers -- the gold-chain-wearing, crotch-grabbing, dope-smoking, dope-selling, misogynistic kind who riff about killing cops, hating whites, and fighting the ever-present and all-encompassing racism practiced by The Man.Middle-agers, who grew up on Motown, are hopelessly out-of-touch.Why if it were today, Smokey Robinson would be doing drive-bys on Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.