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Virginia Hasn't Always Been For Lovers

Today's Washington Post has both a Section A front page article and a Style Page Appreciation for Mildred Loving, 1939-2008.  I'll admit, if not for those, I would have never known this: Virginia hasn't always been for lovers.

Mildred and Richard Loving.  The union of this young unassuming couple from rural Virginia ultimately led to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 (Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia) striking down the social prohibition of interracial marriage.  The story took on even more meaning when I read someone I've met, Bernard S. Cohen, was instrumental in arguing this case before the highest court in the land.  Talk about your 'six degrees of separation'.

And I appreciate expanding my vocabulary which I feel is limited at times.  I don't recall seeing the word "miscegenation" before now.
 Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
mis·ceg·e·na·tion  
–noun
1.marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races, esp., in the U.S., between a black and a white person.
2.interbreeding between members of different races.
3.the mixing or a mixture of races by interbreeding.

[Origin: irreg. < L miscé(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation; allegedly coined by U.S. journalist David Goodman Croly (1829–89) in a pamphlet published anonymously in 1864]

The thing that appalled me most in what I read was the comment from the county Circuit Court judge who originally sentenced the Lovings: "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents.  And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages.  The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."

Really?  Here again is man attempting to understand the mind of God, and missing the mark (in my opinion).

I just might have to begin pulling together a list of 10 questions I'd like to put before the Almighty, if and when I should be granted an audience with Him.  I think this might be one thing to inquire about.  What do you think?  What other question(s) would you ask God when given the opportunity?

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(Anonymous)
May. 8th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
well done
nice work, man
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