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!



Dee said...

Don't laugh..but I've often envisioned myself saying "I Do" to a white European man someday. I've also kissed many different white Europeans (in my dreams), everyone from bullfighters, opera singers, chefs, models, lawyers...the list goes on. A recent dream had me locking lips with various opera characters like Alfredo from La Traviata, Rudolfo from La Bohome and Don Jose from Carmen--but that's a whole other topic entirely.

It's no surprise to my folks that I wish to marry a white (European!) one day. I told my mother this and she looked at me like I was crazy and my dad, although he won't admit it, prefer that I marry a black man. Ditto for my extended family. It's something I can't explain and it's a personal choice for me. The topic is taboo and rarely included in a conversation. But one of my aunts told me, "You need to go to Europe and find you a white husband."

I never see interracial couples at my college and it's not something I come by often. I never found myself physically attracted to a black man in my life and probably never will. Just look at Whoopi Goldberg and Thandie Newton, both of whom are known for their preference of white men. Anyway, I know the right man is out there somewhere. All I have to do is find him, or let him find me. That's my two cents.

Happy Loving Day!

BekkaPoo said...

Just read here that it's also Anne Frank's birthday.. had she lived she would be 80.

KB said...

My first kiss at the end of my freshman year of university was with a French exchange student.It was remarkable-and I had a great first kiss experience compared to many I've heard. Vive l'amour regardless of race, religion, creed etc.

BekkaPoo said...

Just read here that it's also Anne Frank's birthday.. had she lived she would be 80.

And as for an answer to the post - Yes!

currentsbtwshores said...

gotta raise my hand today! and proud to do so. . .

Nif said...

Hand waves!

LT said...

Thank you everyone for posting and sharing the Love this Loving Day weekend!