• Scottish academic John Struther's photo with his wife Justina has received a huge response on Twitter. (Twitter/ @jjstruthersuk)
"The best way of fighting racism is living your life, standing tall and educating."
By
Caitlin Chang

3 Jan 2018 - 11:03 AM  UPDATED 3 Jan 2018 - 12:28 PM

A photograph tweeted by a Scottish professor and his Ghanian wife has sparked an online celebration of interracial marriage.

On December 26 Professor John Struthers, the Honorary Consul for Ethiopia in Scotland, shared an image with his wife Justina, alongside a post about celebrating diversity.

He wrote, "I thought I would share. We've had disapproving looks, 'We are full', 'Is that your wife?' and many more actions questioning our relationship over the last 40-plus years.

"We haven't wavered! The best way of fighting racism is living your life, standing tall and educating. #Diversity"

The photo, of Struthers wearing a kilt and Justina in a traditional Ghanian Kente cloth, has gathered an overwhelming response with over 27,000 retweets and 2500 replies, with many users sharing their own photos from their interracial relationships.

Even David Bowie's son Duncan Jones shared a picture of his late father with wife Iman, alongside a picture of himself with his wife, Rodene Ronquillo.

Los Angeles-based publicist, Nick Jones-Liang, responded by posting a photo with his husband on their wedding day, thanking Struthers "for reminding folks that love is love."


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