Loving Day...then and now
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a different day and time...Maybe during the Elizabethan era or in the Wild, Wild West with Bonnie and Clyde? Let's try just 40 years ago, long before there was a world wide web, many people were still fighting for their rights to vote and in the state of Virginia (and a few others), it was illegal to marry someone of a different race? Find out why we celebrate June 12th and why you should too.
Now we've talked about the books, movies and music that has be released over the last twenty years or so that deal with multicultural and interracial relationships. The truth is we don't have to go too far to reach out and literally touch someone that's different than ourselves. But, you do realize that it wasn't always this way? There was a day and time not that long ago that it was not only frowned upon for people to socialize with people of different races, it was against the law.
Now if you read the book "Mixed Marriages" by Joel Crohn, (it was on Leticia's literary list a few months back). Well, Joel says that the reason that blacks and whites remain the most controversial of the mixed matches is that "American's history of slavery, segregation and bans on interracial marriages had made it hard to forgive and forget". Well, my favorite quote of all time is "forgiving isn't forgetting, it's letting go of the pain". And in order for all of us to move forward as a people of the human race, we must let go. But never forget.
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We can't forget the people like Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter who were married in 1958 in Washington, D.C. Six months later, they were arrested, convicted of a felony, and sentenced to a year in jail...all because Richard was white and Mildred was black. The judge stated in an opinion:
"Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."
It took nine years and the United States Supreme Court to overturn this verdict and strike down this Virginia law on the grounds that it violated their rights to equal protection of the law and due process under the fourteenth Amendment. Read the complete story by clicking here.It may not surprise many of you to know that this type of thinking and injustice took place in 1958, but it does surprise, frighten and anger me that it still exist in 2006. The laws may have changed, but the ignorance and hatred still live on today. Now I know that I'm preachin' to the choir. But as they say, "each one teach one". We should all remember the Loving's and their story and let it be a reminder of what the power of love can really do. True love is worth working for, living for, dying for and searching for...happy hunting from Leticia.
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