Happy Friday…Loving Day.

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Today is Loving Day…it’s a great thing. From Wikipedia:

Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states citing “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.”[1][2][3] In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws were U.S. state laws banning interracial marriage, mainly forbidding marriage between non-whites and whites…The “Loving” side of the U.S. Supreme Court case consisted of Mildred and Richard Loving, a black woman and a white man. They first met when she was 11 and he was 17. He was a family friend and over the years they started courting. After she became pregnant, they got married in Washington, D.C., in 1958, when she was 18.[7] Reportedly, Mildred didn’t realize that interracial marriage was illegal, and they were arrested a few weeks after they returned to their hometown north of Richmond, Virginia. They pleaded guilty to charges of “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth,” and avoided jail time by agreeing to leave Virginia. They moved to Washington, D.C., and began legal action by writing to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy referred the case to the American Civil Liberties Union. After the Warren Court unanimously ruled in favor of the young couple, they returned to Virginia, where they lived with their three children. Mildred Loving died May 5, 2008 at the age of 68. Richard Loving had died about thirty-three years earlier in a car accident. Each June 12, the anniversary of the ruling, Loving Day events around the country mark the advances of mixed-race couples.

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I still get irked about the use of the term “race” and “mixed-race.” I know, they are terms in the human lexicon that won’t go away, but still…human beings ARE an entire race. Horse races, dog races, go-kart races, track-and-field races, etc. – those are “multi-racial” things! Any one of us who enjoy shows and movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, or Doctor Who, for example, just MIGHT be a bit less inclined to think of another human being as a completely different “race.” I know, I’m hoping for too much in that regard…even in the depths of my most cynical aggravation and irritation.

I’ll just leave off with some music. I think I’ll take a mini-blogging break over the weekend. I think I’ve completely annoyed the hell out of far too many people, without even trying – per usual. Besides, the sun is out and the motorcycles need to be let out of the stable. Time to ride the coast and look at lighthouses…have a great weekend, everyone!

Gary Wright: “Dream Weaver

John Denver: “Annie’s Song

The Eagles: “One of These Nights

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