Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving wrote to Robert F. Kennedy who took action to right a wrong. The resultant 1967 Supreme Court case "Loving vs. Virginia" struck down a law banning interracial marriage. Loving and her white husband got thrown out of Virginia after they married. Off thing about that, judging by Loving's skin color in the Times magazine photo, her African ancestors were most likely forced to bear white slave master's children. Under Jim Crow law, she was considered "Negro" when actually most all blacks in the U.S.A. at the time were part "white", yet not allowed the same liberties as other citizens.

Loving was born in 1939 and died in 2008. That made her about the same age as Marion Robinson. Marion would also have been kicked out of Virginia if she married a white guy. Today she gets to live in the White House with her First Lady daughter and biracial husband, Barack Obama.

The sad other side of that coin is former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor siding with the KKK and overturning a 50 year ban on cross burning in Virginia. Wonder how long it will take the Klan to attempt burning a cross on the White House lawn.

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