Letter to Daphne Barbee-Wooten, Hawaii ACLU

July 19, 2001
James Landrith
Letter to Daphne Barbee-Wooten
Member, Hawaii ACLU Board of Directors
Regarding Intolerant Remarks

July 19, 2001

Ms. Daphne Barbee-Wooten
The Law Offices of Andre S. Wooten and Daphne Barbee-Wooten
1188 Bishop ST, STE 1909
Honolulu, HI 96813

Dear Ms. Barbee-Wooten:

In a recent article in the National Post, writer Mark Steyn (attached) quoted you as saying, "he's married to a white person" while discussing reasons that Clarence Thomas shouldn't have been invited to speak at the Hawaii ACLU's "Davis-Levin First Amendment Conference." I sincerely hope that this isn't the case.

I hope the Hawaii ACLU isn't sending the message that it is somehow wrong for a "black" person to be married to a "white" person. Tell me, Ms. Barbee-Wooten, what is your feeling on "interracial" marriage? Should it be used a tool to punish or denounce "blacks" who disagree with the ACLU on certain issues? Should the "color" of a person's choice of spouse be an issue when discussing their political views? Your comment, "he's married to a white person" seems to indicate that you do.

Maybe you've heard of the 1967 landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia? It was argued, by the way, by Bernard S. Cohen, an ACLU attorney. I've got a feeling that Mr. Cohen would disagree with any ACLU use of "interracial" marriage as a means of excluding someone from a First Amendment conference, but then again he's "a white person."

Relevant Links:

  • http://www.multiracial.com/government/loving.html
  • http://www.nationalpost.com/commentary/columnists/story.html?f=/stories/20010719/622493.html


    James A. Landrith, Jr.
    Editor & Publisher,
    The Multiracial Activist
    and The Abolitionist Examiner



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