It’s Loving Day!

Happy Loving Day, everyone!

Not sure what I’m talking about?  On June 12, 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court decided in the landmark case, Loving vs. Virginia, that  “There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause.”  In other words, prior to this date, interracial marriage was still illegal.

1967 isn’t that long ago.  Wow…  Mildred and Richard Loving (could a name possibly be more appropriate?) married in Washington, DC only to find that their marriage was illegal in their home state of Virginia — and for their love…they were arrested.  

Why am I posting this?  Because regardless of the differences people may have, I have always thought that the classifying concept of race is absolutely ridiculous and, clearly, divisive.  ‘Race’ and religion, in my humble opinion, are destructive constructs that aren’t benefitting anyone and have caused much more harm than good.  There, I said it.

I like diversity and think it makes the world a better place — and I’m grateful that people like the Lovings were willing to stand up for themselves so that everyone could have the right to love as they see fit.  Clearly, we have overcome some hurdles but, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go…actually, a very long way to go before everyone is allowed to live and love as they wish.

For more information see http://www.lovingday.org/


Peace and love!


Comments

  1. radicalconversationalist says:

    Happy Loving Day to you, too! Thanks for sharing your views on IR dating.

  2. The Brooklyn Dame says:

    Thank you, Conversationalist!  Happy Loving Day to you, too!  Who would have thought that thinking people should have the right to live, let live, love and let loveThank you, Converationalist!  Happy Loving Day to you, too!  Who would have thought that thinking people should have the right to live, let live, love and let love could be such a radical thought?  🙂 could be such a radical thought?  🙂

  3. You have things a bit backwards.

    The Supreme Court didn’t legalize interracial marriage. What it ruled was that interracial marriage was always legal but states could not outlaw it as did Virginia (and it was only outlawed in some states, namely in the south).

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