Love Knows No Color and Never Has
by kanyewestsego on October 19, 2014 - 7:58pm
The article “It Has Been 47 Years since This couple Helped Redefine Marriage” by Emily Thomas in the Huffington Post from June 12th, 2014 discusses an early case of interracial marriage between whites and blacks. People should not be restricted to who they can love based on race or color but how they personally feel about the person. The article examines a couple in 1958 that fell in love in Virginia but the problem was Mildred Jeter was a black women and Richard Loving was a white man. Interracial marriage in Virginia at this time was illegal because of the Racial Integrity Act so they decided to get married in Washington, DC where it was legal. After their wedding they came back home to Virginia and were arrested. They were brought to court and given the option of staying in jail for a year or not to return to Virginia for 25 years. They decided to move to leave Virginia and move to Washington. After five years, the couple contacted the American Civil Liberties Union to try to change the judges’ decision and eventually it was overturned. The Chief Justice Earl Warren said, “Under our Constitution, freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed by the State”, this was a big change in society as marriage between blacks and whites was still illegal in 16 states. If it had not been for brave acts by this couple marriage policies could be different in North America today.
Love is something that is random, people do not fall in love with only one type of race or color. They fall in love with people because they are attracted to them, like their personality or have common interests. This can happen with a person of any color or race, true love does not have to do with race. In class, we had discussed the social classes based on race and how it started off by social classes based on religion and language. Those who were French Catholics married a French Catholic and so on. When in this period the social classes were based on race, Whites married Whites and Blacks married Blacks, it was considered unacceptable to marry someone from another race in many places. In the class notes we saw that, race is not biologically real but that it is socially and politically constructed. Personally, I can relate to this article in some ways. My girlfriend is half white and half black and I am white. In many situations when I am with her I feel people look at us differently than if I had been with a white girl. Even though interracial dating and marriage is legal and has been for a while, I feel that many people in our society still frown upon it which is wrong. What really shocked me in the article was what was said by Judge Leon M. Bazile after the couple was arrested, "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.... The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix". This argument is flawed considering the bible says God gave us free will and never mentions that we should stay with our own races. I strongly disagree with what judge Leon M. Bazile said because I believe God wants us to interact and mix with all of his creations. He gave us the power of love and we can love who we want. What I found good about the article was the quotes they used to show how the beliefs of people were during this time. A weakness of the article, in my opinion, was that it did not explain all the acts and policies it discussed and also did not give dates for everything it presented. I would say that we are headed in the right direction to reduce and end racism but it is certainly not over yet.
Thomas, E. (2014). It Has Been 47 Years Since This Couple Helped Redefine Marriage. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/black-voices/.