"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." --Judge BazileNine years and many trials later, and the Supreme Court overturned the trial court in Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia, a case that most of us law students read in Constitutional Law. Even though we may have learned about the Civil Rights movement before, it was nonetheless shocking to read about anti-miscegenation laws and the opinions from "learned" judges. Only fifty years ago and across the border.
Mildred Loving died this past week. She never wanted to be a race-relations pioneer. In fact, she and her husband did not go to their Supreme Court trial, never gave interviews, and said they never wanted to be the public face of anything. Like many names of landmark Supreme Court cases, the Lovings just wanted to live their lives.
Thanks to the Lovings and those other names, we get to live our lives--interracial relationships and all.
[Sources Washington Post, Wikipedia]