Having introduced, last night, the brilliant young woman whom I see as an up and coming leader, a powerhouse, for the traditional principles of the Democratic Party, I thought I would share a little more about her. Do not go looking for her on Wikipedia. She is not there! I have no idea why not. But I have seen parts of her story at Mulatto.org.
The story I found at that website was poignant. It was sad, challenging, triumphant, sweet, and hers. The first time I read it, I welled up.
This week , in the wake of the overturn of Prop 8 in California, where Karen grew up, she posted her story on her Facebook wall. Here is her story as she told it in 2010 at U.S. News & World Report.
August 5, 2010
Yesterday’s ruling that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional reaffirms a long-held American value that no matter how you try to spin it, separate is not equal. While some may not agree with same-sex marriage, history should remind us that our Constitution calls us to recognize that the laws in it apply equally, not to be picked apart to support a political agenda or bias. The arguments being used against same sex marriage are frighteningly similar and equally offensive as those once used against interracial marriage. While a Gallup poll in 1967 found that 74 percent of Americans disapproved of interracial marriage, it’s almost hard to remember just how far we’ve come.
When you look at that picture of Karen on that webpage, you have to wonder what must have gone through her grandfather’s heart to have missed those preceding years of this little girl growing up. You think about how committed and frightened her parents must have been to escape the South. You also cannot avoid thinking how lucky we are that her parents did what they did to have and give us this remarkable young woman.
As someone who went through similar experiences in those same years, I deeply appreciate the courage of her parents. I have no daughter (or son) as a legacy, but I was part of the war against the inhuman miscegenation laws. I celebrate the phenomenal human being Karen’s parents produced in the face of terrible legal implications.
When I see Karen post this story – her story – in relation to Prop 8, I wonder. What phenomenal children are being raised in same-sex marriages? What new leader will come along who might have languished in the foster care system or might never have been born were it not for the right of their parents to marry?
Every time I read Karen’s story, and I have many times, I am thankful that her parents defied the system – an unfair and cruel system – so that they could have this wonderful daughter, this brilliant, cheerful, adorable, funny, young woman with insights from which we all can learn. I am also thankful that her grandfather came to know her. He had to be proud. If my dad had been her grandfather, he would have known her from birth and the sun would have risen and set in her. But that was my dad. (I miss him!)
Follow Karen on Twitter and see when she is scheduled to participate on panels!
For more on this very impressive young woman, check out her public profile at Politico.