Families: When Love Is Mixing It Up

More couples are finding each other across racial lines--and finding acceptance

Tijuana Ricks and Michael Gillespie have been dating for three years and hope to marry. The African-American Ricks, 23, a Yale-drama grad student, and the Caucasian Gillespie, 29, a chiropractor, always loved the idea of blended-race children. But since Sept. 11, the idea of mixing up America's races has seemed even more urgent. "If we have more diverse children," Ricks urges, "they can educate others about different races and cultures and be more prepared for issues that might arise."

Brave words. But when it came time to tell her parents about Gillespie, Ricks hesitated, knowing his race would be an issue....

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