Indeed, Paul uses prejudicial incidents to reconfirm his commitment to Oniece: "He'll come to me and say, 'So and so said this awful comment, but I love you and these are all my reasons for loving you and thinking you're so special.'"
The couple plan on marrying when they finish school and know that building a life together as an interracial couple will have its challenges. For example, there's children. "I used to worry about how hard it might be on the kids," Oniece said. "Should we raise them black? White? Paul has helped me realize that the only thing that counts is they'll be raised with love. ... Hopefully people seeing our biracial children and how happy they are will help dispel some people's backward mentalities."
Oniece doesn't react with anger toward prejudiced people. "After all, before I met Paul and he opened my eyes, I would have been the one doing a double take at an interracial couple on the street, like, 'Girl, why are you with a white guy?'" she said. "Now I know that love is what's important, nothing else."
"This kind of relationship can often present difficulties because of reactions from family and friends. The couple must step out into a new world of their own making and find other couples and friends who are supportive of them. Fortunately, this particular couple seem to have a lot of natural support, including the ability to go beyond personal prejudice and see what is worthy in each other."