Forty-one years ago today, the Supreme Court struck down state laws banning interracial marriage. Now June 12 is known as Loving Day, named in honor Richard and Mildred Loving, whose suit against the state of Virginia and the existing “Racial Integrity Act” led to the reform. It’s a day to celebrate the legal right to interracial marriage.
Current estimates are that seven percent of couples in the U.S. are mixed racial couples. I’m a part of that statistic. I’ve learned more about racism in this country by being married to someone with a different color skin than any other experience I can think of. Perhaps we’ve come a long way in the past forty-one years, but for the sake of our son, I hope and pray that some day soon this country will be populated only by the “color blind.”