A Culture of Embedded Racism by Todd Rutherford

America is a diverse country that is becoming more accepting with regard to multicultural relationships, as it is viewed as an opportunity to create a more tolerant and inclusive culture. However, interracial marriages and the biracial children they produce have not always found such acceptance. There was a time in our country that held nothing but contempt for anyone who veered from the “norms” of society, and that time was not that long ago. It wasn’t until the 1960s that perspectives began to shift and a new era of tolerance was born. They called it the civil rights movement.

Once Upon a Storm, a mystery novel by Hal Fleming, is set in the 1960s during that time when social unrest and upheaval were as much a part of our culture as baseball and apple pie. Change was in the air, but for many it was slow in coming. Racial discrimination was imbedded in our culture, and was slow to die. Interracial marriages were frowned upon, as were biracial children.

In Once Upon a Storm, the main characters, Felicity, a white debutante and Buddy, a West Indian folk singer, find love and passion with one another amidst these difficult times. After they are separated from one another by the police and her wealthy banker uncle, Felicity gives birth to a mixed-race daughter. Felicity is scorned and ridiculed by her family and friends. While some tell her to ‘get rid of that abomination’, Felicity keeps and loves her biracial daughter, Samantha. Once Upon a Storm, which can be purchased at Amazon.com, profiles life in the 1960’s and the difficulties that mixed-race couples must go through and eventually allow their biracial children to go through also, even though, a child is still just a child. (You can read the full article of Nandini D’Souza at: www.harpersbazaar.com/magazine/

Find out more about Once Upon a Storm by visiting www.halflem.com or Amazon.com.

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