As the saying goes, love conquers all. Such is the case for John Struthers, a Professor of Economics at the University of West Scotland and Honorary Consul Ethiopia in Scotland, and his wife Justina.
The two are an interracial couple who recently went viral for proudly displaying their love in the face of hatred. On Dec, 26, Struthers shared a photo on Twitter of himself in a Scottish kilt with his wife, who is wearing a dress made from Ghanian Kente cloth, at the Queen's garden party in Edinburgh in July. He captioned the post describing some of the negative reactions they’ve dealt with as an interracial couple, but how their love has stood strong through it all.
“I thought I would share,” Struthers began his caption. “We’ve had disapproving looks, ‘we are full’, ‘is that your wife’ and many more actions questioning our relationship over the last 40+yrs. We haven't wavered!”
Struthers, who has declined to comment to any media about the tweet, as he prefers to let it speak for itself, continued, “The best way of fighting racism is living your life, standing tall and educating. #Diversity.” The tweet quickly went viral, even attracting the attention of the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Jessica Chastain, Ava DuVernay, and Zoe Saldana.
The best reactions, however, were from fellow interracial couples who shared their own love stories.
Interracial couples have battled hatred for decades. With racism and prejudice still evident in our world, it's moments like this that helps us remember how powerful love is. May all love continue to triumph!
Cover image via Twitter / @jjstruthersuk