Friday, June 12, 2009
Raise Your Hand if You've Kissed Someone of Another Race Today: It's Loving Day!
Happy Loving Day People. I'm assuming that since you made it to the Meltingpot you already know what Loving Day is all about. But maybe you don't so here's the deal, directly from the Loving Day Project.
"On June 12th, 1967, Richard and Mildred Loving won their nine year legal battle and the Supreme Court granted them the right to be married in the state of Virginia. This victory also legalized interracial relationships nationwide,overturning hundreds of years of racist laws.
We've made progress this year. Interracial marriage was illegal in 22 states when Barack Obama's parents got married, and now he's the President of the United States. The option to identify yourself as multiracial finally appeared on the U.S. Census in 2000, and now multiracial people are the fastest growing demographic in the U.S.
However, racism is not dead. There is still racial prejudice in our daily lives. Loving Day is a great way to fight this prejudice through education, and to build multicultural community. Join thousands of others all over the world in celebrating Loving Day."
You can check out the Loving Day website to see if there are any special Loving Day celebrations happening in your city or you can take the celebration inward.
There are a lot of POCs out there, myself included, who sometimes feel like they need to apologize or explain their choice to love someone of another race. As if we've committed a crime of some sort against our own people. So my goal today is to not just be content in my Kinky Gazpacho romance, but to be proud of it and not apologetic. It's a pretty cool thing to have two cultures, two languages, four colors and four unique heads of hair under one roof. And I wouldn't trade it for the world. So I'm celebrating me today. Me and my Loving Day Family. Make sure you celebrate yours!