Monday, May 23, 2016


"In 1967, interracial couple Mildred and Richard Loving made history when they helped strike down the law that made their marriage a crime (Youtube below.)" taking their case Loving v. Virginia to the Supreme Court.

What a Dickensian name Loving is for a couple the marriage of whom was all about love and the racist edict in place that prevented their marriage ironically was all about hate. In the 1950's, the glorious time to which Trumpites would love to return and make their nation great again, one could kill a person of color with impunity, but love between black and white human beings could quite possibly get one killed or, at the least, land one in jail.

June, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of that monumental decision.  Imagine, it required a Supreme Court finding to allow two people to love each other.  When one thinks of this nation's horrific racist past from slavery even unto this day as certain states still try to deny persons of color the vote and a Roberts Court weakens the 1964 Voting Rights Act, one sees we are not so far from our 1860 Civil War historical past.

Yet again, in different ways from literacy tests and grandfather clauses, states in our time of the now Republican south and elsewhere in this nation try mightily to make voting more difficult for persons of color and the poor.  Moreover, in many states, persons of color have been killed with impunity for often the least offensive non-violent crime, no crime or the crime of simply being black.  We have taken baby steps in the panorama of over 300 years in the nation's efforts toward inclusiveness of persons of color, brought here against their will and in chains, only to find Herculean mountainous obstacles to happiness and the prohibition of rights whites take for granted. The case, Loving v. Virginia is one of the most flagrant examples of entrenched racism that still finds a home in the sinew of a nation which continues to attempt to deny the vote and sometimes even the life of a person of color.

The phenomenon of Trump is the latest example against a besieged people and other minorities – citizens of this nation.  I do not care if FIFTY Trumps are elected, quoting Ted Kennedy from his 1980 Democratic convention speech: "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." The indelible stain of racism in a nation allegedly all about freedom must be, as the civil rights song says, "overcome one day" permanently erased from our nation’s racist past and present-day shame.


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