Standing on Both Feet: Voices of Older Mixed-Race Americans


by New Day Producers

Posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:05 AM

June 12 marks the 46th Anniversary of a landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court which overturned a ban on interracial marriage that had been place on many states. But even before the ruling, couples of different races were getting married, some going great lengths to hide their differences to do so.

Sociologist Cathy Tashiro interviewed a number of people who either broke the law or found some other way to be with the ones they love.


Cathy joined Margaret to talk about the inspiration behind the book and her own upbringing as the child of a mixed race couple. She also shared some of the experiences shared by the men and women she interviewed for the book.

The title STANDING ON BOTH FEET comes from a quote by Fred Johnson, a mixed African American born in 1942 who is among those featured in the book. Here's his complete quote:

"All of a sudden, I realized I was standing on two feet, and that I had been hopping around on one foot, back and forth, all my life. I didn’t know I was hopping until I got both feet on the ground at the same time. I said, ‘damn, this feels kind of good.’

Fred, who now lives in California, will travel to Seattle to join Cathy as she discusses her book Friday night at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle, she'll also lead a discussion about the current culture for mixed race Americans. The event starts at 7.

For more information about STANDING ON BOTH FEET: VOICES OF OLDER MIXED-RACE AMERICANS, visit the book's website: or visit their Facebook page.

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Below are photos shared by several New Day viewers of their beautiful multi-racial families.

  Carver Family (Photo submitted by: Jessilyn Carver)


 Chang Family (Photo submitted by Sharon Chang)


Takahashi Family (Photo submitted by Rian Takahashi)