Happy Loving Day!
It’s the anniversary of the Loving v Virginia decision that turned over the anti-miscegenation laws in the US.
A few years ago I was introduced to the history-making couple called the Lovings. They’re part of the reason John and I can be legally wed today. They were a Black woman and white man who fell in love and got married, and fought to make interracial marriages legal. Learned about their story via facebook (where I get all my news lol) and thought about what I would’ve done in the woman’s place.
If I were alive back in those days and I met John…would I marry him? Doubt it! I’dda been like listen kid, get your white ass away from me before my dad comes and sees you and we both get in trouble.
I would not be the one. I wouldn’t have even given him a chance. With all the overt racial bullshit back then (…tho not much different than the “racism? what racism?” bullshit we have now) I would’ve just walked on by and avoided eye contact if he tried to old-school holla at me just to keep myself safe, and alive.
Imagine not being able to marry someone just because they’ve got less or more melanin than you? I can hardly believe it was so recent. 1967. It’s so crazy…and sad….and scary…ugh!
I’m grateful for the Lovings.
I’m glad they were brave. I’m glad they were that much in love. I’m grateful to the Lovings for their struggle. ….and grateful it was a White man, Black woman pairing. Cuz we know it would be a much different story if it were a Black man and white woman. ::insert side eye here::
Whether you’re interracially coupled or not, spend some time being extra loving today. In honor of the Lovings and the drama they went through so my family could look like this today: