Loving Loving Day

Today, June 12th, is Loving Day, the day that interracial marriage was legalized in the U.S. It marks the Supreme Court's decision to allow Richard and Mildred Loving to marry with the 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia.

Prior to that, widespread marriage between people considered to be of different "races" (mostly white or black ) could not marry. There were exceptions, though: interracial marriages such as that of my own grandfather and grandmother were allowed, as Latinos, even if they were very dark-skinned, were racially categorized by the Census as white.

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There was also a lot of mixed white and Asian marriages before 1967, especially on the West Coast and in Hawaii.

Today, around forty years later, there are many mixed or multi-racial Americans that are visible and lauded in the media. Soledad O'Brien's family is one of them, and is Jessica Alba's family.

This is part of the family portrait of America. Gotta love Loving Day!