It is easy to look around us, especially today, and believe that the world is in a terrible state and that hatred and intolerance are increasing. But ultimately love always wins.
It can move slowly and it can move subtly. But if you look with the right eyes or look back at the time that has passed, you will find that love and tolerance are actually increasing.
Intolerance keeps Howard Foster and Myra Clark apart for more than 45 years, but eventually love found its way. The two started dating while studying at the West High School in Columbus, Ohio in 1967. They eventually fell in love, but Howard, who is black, broke up with Myra, who is white, because he was afraid that racism would not allow their love to exist peacefully.
There were regular demonstrations related to racing at their high school grounds, where the Ku Klux Klan often tried to recruit members.
“Society will not let us be happy,” he told her. “I just thought she wouldn’t be happy.”
According to The Columbia Dispatch, the couple graduated from home school, but broke out after Howard experienced racism from his university professors because he was the only black person to attend the Columbus Technical Institute.
“It didn’t matter how well I did the project, it was always a D,” he said about one professor’s class. “I’ve never experienced that kind of racism that way. I said,” It’s just not going to be good. ” I really thought about her. Society would not let us be together and she would be happy. She would get tired of looking. I just thought it was unfair to her. Her happiness was the most important thing. “
“Then a block away, we both turned around and waved at the same time. I really think it was a wave, I’ll see you later,” Myra told WSYX / WTTE, according to ABC 6.
Howard said the decision broke his heart.
“I remember sitting in my car and crying because it wasn’t an easy decision. I really loved her,” Howard said.
Tens of years had passed since that difficult moment, but Howard and Myra often thought of each other during their divorce.
“I wondered what my life would be like with her. What would it be like if we had stayed together?”, Howard remembers.
Howard was eventually married but later divorced. Myra was never married. The two were finally reconnected in 2013 by a friend and they could continue where they left off.
They were immediately drawn to each other and held their hands in front of a picnic table in Sharon Woods Metro Park on their first date.
It was as if they had never parted.
“For me, the fact that I was sitting there with her hands was something that I thought would never happen,” Howard said. “And I didn’t let her go.”
Now the times were more tolerant and they could be together peacefully. Marriage between different races was made legal in 1967 when the Supreme Court Loving v. Virginia decided after an interracial couple Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving sued the state of Virginia for a law that prohibited their marriage.
Although we still have work to do when it comes to racism and tolerance, much has changed for the better in America since then.
“Racism is in the minority,” Howard said.
It wasn’t long before the two were paired on 1 August 2015. And this time their union was celebrated. Their story was shown in both The New York Times and The Columbia Dispatch.