There have been many changes since the 1960s. And the world can change rapidly. The country feels like a different place these days, compared to January of this year.
But the struggle for racial justice and equality continues, and as many know, it has been a long and arduous journey.
We thought it appropriate to honor the great victory that took place in 1967, in honor of the actions currently being taken to achieve that goal.
National Loving Day is held on the anniversary of the abolition of all misidentification laws. What do you mean? In short, people were allowed to marry interracially.
But let’s talk a little more about life-changing events. Because it’s a story worth telling.
Richard Rubbing and Mildred Jeter fell in love after years of knowing each other. The two grew up in a small town in Central Point, Virginia.
According to History.com, in June 1958, white construction worker Richard and Mildred, a mixed-race African-American and Native American woman, married in Washington, DC.
At that time, many states still recognized the Racial Integrity Act.
According to the Virginia Encyclopedia, the so-called “Racial Conservation Act” was passed by the General Assembly to protect “whites” from what many Virginias perceive to be the negative effects of interracial marriage. ..
Virginia was still included in the legislative states, but interracial marriage was legal in Washington, DC. There, Richard and Mildred got married there, but five weeks after returning home from the wedding, they were arrested by a local sheriff and charged with violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law. , And History.com.
The couple pleaded guilty the following year and were forced to leave Virginia and did not return together for 25 years.
In 1963, the couple had three children and lived in Washington, DC, but wanted to go home.
The story changes here.
After writing to then-US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the American Civil Liberties Union agreed to undertake their proceedings and filed a proceeding in Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court. 1967.
It was not an easy or quick change to the anti-miscegenation law. In fact, during the proceedings, Virginia’s then assistant lawyer defended the law by comparing it to regulations on incest and polygamy.
However, two young ACLU lawyers who supported Lovings argued that the law was rooted in white supremacy and racism, according to History.com.
“These are not health and welfare laws. They are slave laws, pure and simple,” claimed Philip Hirschkop, one of the couple’s lawyers.
He added that Virginia law is illegal under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and prohibits the state from limiting the basic rights of citizens and others.
On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court announced a unanimous decision that Virginia’s Interracial Marriage Act violated the amendments. Not only did it overturn the conviction of Rubbings from 1958, but it also invalidated the law on interracial marriage in the remaining 16 states that still comply with the law.
“Under our Constitution, individuals have the freedom to marry or not marry another race and are not violated by the state,” wrote Chief Justice Earl Warren.
Although legislative changes were delayed in some states, the ruling in this case had a major impact on segregation.
The Rubbings family returned to Central Point, Virginia, to raise three children.
And while there are still many hurdles to jump over to achieve racial justice and equality, this great victory is now commemorated every year as “The Day of Love.”
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#LovingDay Story Joshua and Brandon @ joshua.l.morton @brandonrdwyer ♥ ️🌈 .. “Love comes in many forms. Love for family and friends, love for food and nutrition, love for nature, and you Love for the world around you. Finding love in a partner shares your experience, perspective, and passion with that person. We are only in all situations of our situation. Our world is discriminatory. And greedy, but also abundant in beauty. We need to see what the world really is. We need to fight for equality for our spouses, neighbors, communities and nations. And the health of our entire planet. We are as strong as the world we live in. Allowing our differences to define us, must be shared by others I miss learning beauty. Joshua and I. It’s been five years since we’ve been married, but we’re open to each other, sharing the past and present, learning together, growing together, and becoming our best self. We keep finding ways. It works for everyone because it’s the world. We’re proud to call it a home. “
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#LovingDay Story ♥ ️ Vee & Ally (Portugal / Serbia & East India) “We both attended the same elementary school where we were friends. Twenty years later, we met again, rekindled our friendship and were surprised. In, it quickly blossomed into romance. Interracial relationships brought so many blessings and opportunities for self-growth, which made us stronger as a couple. In the same Portuguese-influenced neighborhood, he attended cultural festivals over the years and learned more about my culture. He already knows my background well. I was, but still want to know more about both my cultures. We are planning to visit Portugal and Serbia next year. Opportunity to learn about Hindu cultures. Family marriage When I recently went to India for the ceremony, I was able to participate in all of the traditional Hindu rituals and immerse myself in the culture and many new enlightening experiences. It may be overwhelming, but I was welcomed and treated like a family from the beginning. One of the many reasons we have a successful, healthy and loving relationship is Because we share so many similar values. Most importantly, the family. Moving the family is easy from the beginning. It has no expectations of us and is lovingly supportive. We are blessed with family and friends. They always keep in mind our best interests and only want what is best for us. Every time I visit with my family, I We open our arms and greet us with a big smile. When we look at us together, we are very happy to see the faces of our parents happy and bright. We are early on in our culture. We knew that if we were willing to lead others with love and respect, then race would never be an issue in our relationship. “
National Loving Day is more than just a sweet holiday. Here’s a deeper story and why you want to celebrate.
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