Monday, January 23, 2012

First Interracial Marriage in Virginia...


This is an interesting article about the first interracial marriage in Virginia. I'm not a huge fan of the "Huff Post," because I don't think they would know the meaning of objective journalism if their lives depended on it. But I try to keep this blog as objective as possible at all times, without getting into political or religious rants. And right now I'm linking to a story that has an emotional impact more than anything else.

This was the opinion of the judge:

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 marriage. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.

This all happened before I was born, and before most of my readers were born. So it's hard to fully grasp what it must have been like back then. It's hard for me to grasp what it must have been like for gay men before AIDS. All my life I've been aware there's this disease out there that can change my life drastically, if not take it, if I'm not careful.

More than that, all my life I've seen interracial couples at least have the right to be together. Not everyone liked this. But they were legally allowed to love each other. I've dated men of all races and never thought twice about it. I was always more interested in what the guy was like than his race or his religion. But, intellectually, I know it wasn't always like this, and it's interesting to go back and see how interracial marriage was treated in some places.

I do remember this personal experience. My younger brother took a young African American woman to his senior prom. The next day the garage doors were spray painted with racial slurs. We never found out who did this, but it was my first real experience with racism on that level. This was in 1989, and it happened in New Jersey, not the deep south.

Here's the rest of the article, with a link to read more.

Before June of 1967, sixteen states still prohibited interracial marriage, including Virginia, the home of Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and his wife, Mildred Loving, a woman of African-American and Native-American descent.

Nine years prior, in June 1958, the couple traveled to Washington, D.C. -- where interracial marriage was legal -- to get married. When they returned home, however, they were arrested and sentenced to one year in jail for violating the state's Racial Integrity Act.


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