A Lincoln couple celebrates Loving Day
An interracial Lincoln couple are stressing the importance of acceptance as they celebrate a special day.
Channel 8 spoke to a couple who say choosing love over hate is how America wins, celebrating Loving Day and their family this weekend.
Troy and Robrenna Redl are celebrating Loving Day, June 12, a holiday marking the 1967 U.S. Supreme court decision that ended bans on interracial marriages in America.
“If it wasn’t for them in 1967, which is not that long ago, we would not be able to, legally our family would not exist,” says Troy.
The Redl’s are referring to Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who fought to legalize interracial marriage after they were charged for living in their Virginia home together.
The Redl couple says the movements happening now are encouraging for the future as Robrenna posted to Facebook to celebrate her family and participated in recent marches this weekend with her children.
“We teach our children both sides of history,” says Robrenna. “We don’t stray to one side or the other. We want them to feel proud of who they are and not feel like they have to disclaim one side or the other.”
The Redl’s both are military vets and have jobs that fight for equality. They say talking about race with your children is important as the world protests about recent deaths like George Floyd.
“My philosophy is we’re never gonna be able to proceed forward if we don’t learn from our past and I think that’s what you’re seeing right now,” said Troy.
Both are hopeful for a more inclusive future.
“I would love for my children, for my grandchildren, to live in a world where their race is no longer an issue,” says Robrenna. “That people see their race but they’re not judging their race.”