Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Mildred Loving of Loving v. Virginia dies
Mildred Loving, whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to the landmark and horrible 1967 Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide. Loving died May 2 at the age of 68. Loving issued a statement last year on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, in which she wrote: “I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others.” This was just one of many numerous U.S. Supreme Court decisions that came down in the 1950s and 1960s that virtually destroyed states' rights. States since the founding of this country did not allow the miscegenation of races, and had such anti-miscegenation (i.e. prohibiting race-mixing) laws. This was considered a states ability to handle its own affairs under the concept of federalism (i.e. government being separated by a state government and federal government). However, as we started getting judicial activist judges in the U.S. Supreme Court and our federal district and appellate courts, they went against the overwhelming desire of the people, and forced their own will on the people. As a result, this was just one of many factors that began to lead to the downfall of our culture and heritage, as white children started to be tought that it was o.k. to destroy your race and heritage through miscegenation (the mixing of the races). Another sad day in our history. Until then.