11 June 2021 at 12:00AM
June 12th is Loving Day
“If loving you is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.”
Loving Day, celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated interracial marriage bans in 16 states.
The couple at the center of the case, Richard and Mildred Loving, became national symbols of mixed-race marriages, and remained married, with 3 children, until Richard tragically passed away in a car accident in 1975. Their love story and the monumental case that followed was immortalized into a critically-acclaimed movie, Loving, which was released in 2016.
As someone who has been in a long-term interracial relationship (my boyfriend is Puerto-Rican and Italian; I am Laotian-American), I have experienced firsthand the criticism and skepticism around how people from two different racial groups can form a long-lasting bond without racial differences ultimately getting in the way.
The truth is, you can either choose to focus on what separates you or focus on what keeps you together. Love has no color.
Choose love: http://www.lovingday.org/