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Earlier this year, a study showed that in the 50 years since interracial marriage became legal across the United States, the share of marriages that unite couples of differing races or ethnicities has risen dramatically. Once forbidden, marital unions combining races and ethnicities now comprise 17 percent of all  marriages. While interracial marriages are no longer uncommon in Nashville and many other cities and towns across the country, they are not accepted everywhere.

We read recently of a pair of Phoenix city employees who say they have targeted with racial discrimination and harassment for years. Both women are married to African American men.

Both say they have complained to the city for years about racial remarks but that their complaints have been ignored. They say they have been called “n***** lovers” by a co-worker and told that “Mexicans should marry Mexicans, white people should marry white people, and black people should be married to black people.”

Early last year, a white male city employee walked out to his work truck and found “n***** lover” written in the dust on the passenger window. The man is married to an African American woman.

The city says it is investigating the charges and that it actively working to better the way it handles complaints of workplace discrimination and harassment. The women are not convinced.

“We made a promise to each other that we would fight,” one of them said.

“We have to,” said the other. “We have to make this stop.”

Nashville victims of racial discrimination can also fight back with the help of an attorney experienced in employment law litigation.