A biracial couple in northern Virginia is still wondering how they drew the attention of police simply by the father taking his kids to Wal-Mart.
WTTG-TV reported that Wal-Mart security notified police in Prince County Va., after a customer expressed concern about a white male walking with three biracial children in the store.
The man turned out to be their father, identified in news reports as Joseph, who said he was running errands with his young daughters in tow.
After Joseph arrived home with his kids, a 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old twin girls, police arrived to ask him and his wife of 10 years, Keana, if the children were theirs. Keana, who is African-American, said she was floored.
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"I sat there for a minute and I thought, 'Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?'" she told the TV station. "He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were."
After speaking with the officer, the couple called the store demanding an explanation. Keana she said she was told a customer was alarmed after seeing her husband and children together.
"Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn't think that they fit," Keana said the store told her. "And I said, 'What do you mean by they don't fit?' And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, 'Well, they just don't match up.'"
The Huffington Post reported that Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of marriages between blacks and whites. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 7 percent of children born in the previous year were biracial.
Wal-Mart said it was looking into the incident.
Ironically, Virginia is “ground zero” for the legalization of interracial marriages in the country. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Loving v. Virginia case in 1967 invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriages. The court’s unanimous decision held this prohibition was unconstitutional, overturning the 1883 Pace vs. Alabama case.
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