Loving Day

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.”

I still get irked about the use of the term “race” and “mixed-race.” Yes, they are terms in the human lexicon that won’t go away. Because of this, many don’t want to accept or admit or acknowledge this simple fact: 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 that I’m hoping for too much in that regard.

Even in this day and age, there are people who go into paroxysms of rage if they even see people of different skin colours talking with each other. Their craniums implode if they see people of different skin colours, faiths, or nationalities holding hands. How ironic that those types accuse me of being “racially charged.” It’s laughably stupid. Just as they are.

I’m guessing that they are people who might have nobody special in their lives, because nobody sane would want to be around them for any length of time. Note the qualifier in that sentence, pea-brain.

If you are like me and have a special someone along with family and friends, enjoy this day and share the love. Here are three songs about the best things that love has to offer.

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