Jeremy and Gina Miller have been married for 13 years. He is white and she’s Black. They have five children with a sixth on the way, all of whom are homeschooled. The couple describes themselves as deeply religious, according to local news.
They both own Local Realty and have dozens of listings throughout the Jefferson County in Alabama.
This week, the Millers were shocked and dismayed to find one of their “For Sale” realty company signs out front of a home on Bessie Lane in the Trussville area defaced with a spray-painted message that said: “NO N****R” in huge white letters.
One of the Millers’ friends posted about it on social media and the community quickly stood up for the well-known and well-liked couple. According to local news, the friend’s message read like this:
“’You lose a lot of time, hating people’ – Marian Anderson
Jeremy and Gina are a rockstar couple that is doing great things for Birmingham. It’s a shame these things still happen with so much forward-thinking.
Gina I’m sorry our house and sign were used for hate towards you and your family. They should be ashamed of themselves!
To the person who wrote this, you failed. All it showed was how small-minded you are and why you are where you are. Hateful people are not successful people.
#stopthehate #millerandcompany #loveoverhate”
Jeremy Miller told AL.com that the couple hasn’t received hate like that before since they’ve been married since 2006.
“It hurts. I mean we hear stuff, but I just brush it off. I’ve never seen anything like this. This has never happened,” Jeremy told AL.com.
He said that his wife was the one who found the sign. “She was crying… I will laugh in the face of adversity but when it comes to protecting my wife and children, that’s different.”
“Honestly, I just felt sad for the person who did this. It’s extremely disappointing that in this day and age, this is all you have the time to do,” Gina told AL.com. “You get looks sometimes, but this is bold. This is something I’m not used to experiencing.”
Loving v. Virginia was a Supreme Court case that struck down state laws banning interracial marriage in the United States. The Court unanimously ruled on June 12, 1967, that Virginia’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional. The decision overturned bans on marriage on the basis of race in 16 different states.
More than 50 years later, the Millers are experiencing the same bigotry. But the couple said they would not press charges.
They want to show the person that hate has no place in society.
“We would love to know who did it because if we find them, we will show them mercy,” Jeremy told the Trussville Tribune. “I don’t think anything good comes from pressing charges. That’s not the message here.”
He added, “When something like this occurs, you can love back instead. We want to unite people.”