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!