In the early 1970s I'm not saying it was right, but Valerie's parents were against it too because interracial relationships were a much bigger deal then than now. She didn't dislike Valerie personally, she didn't want them to have a difficult time. I watched this storyline originally. I don't think it's fair to judge someone today based on actions of over 40 years ago unless they are acting the same way today. Julie loves Eli. When she made comments that were insensitive, he told her, she took the criticism and apologized. I was rooting for David and Valerie in the original storyline but Julie reacted exactly as my parents would have then.