Loving v Virginia Case 388

  • At around 2 in the morning on July 11th in 1958 a sheriff named Garnett Brooks and his deputies barged into a couples house and asked the man what he was doing in bed with the women. The women said to the policemen that she was his wife, and they both were arrested.
  • Richard Loving, a white man, married Mildred Jeter, an African American woman, in Washington D.C. and when they returned to their home they were arrested and charged with violating Virginia's laws against interracial marriage. Which was the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924. At the time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races.
  • This case was heard by the Supreme Court, and during the trail Richard sent a message to the justices that said, “Tell the Court I love my wife and it is just not fair that I cannot live with her in Virginia.” On June 12th, 1967 the Loving's pled guilty and was sentenced to a year in jail. The Court ruled that state bans on interracial marriage were unconstitutional. After the couple served their one year sentence they moved back to the District of Columbia where they were married.
  • People say the couple had rights to their 14th amendment. Section one of the amendment states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Therefor, I believe it is a persons privilege to get married, it is in their life to get married. Your parents tell you to get married and then have kids, how can you take that privilege away from someone? I think Virginia, or any other state, should have never been able to put any laws against interracial marriage.
  • The Loving's hoped that nobody else would have to go through what they went through by doing this the last law prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in 2000. In 2016 they even came out with a movie called "Loving" that gave the exact story in which what happened to Richard and Mildred Loving. Which the review of the movie states "Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia."
  • So why do they want to live in Virginia so bad, some people may ask. Richard Loving built their house with his own two hands. It is where the couple met and started their family. Everything they loved was in Virginia. Everything they ever knew was in Virginia. So they fought to live in their home state and live their life as a happy married interracial couple.
  • In my life this case is important to me, I have been in an interracial relationship for a long time now. When you go out in public with your loved one people look at you, they notice what color you and your loved one are. In my experiences people will stare and give a certain look and that is how you know they do not like what they see. I believe it is all how someone is raised. I was raised in a home where whoever you loved it did not matter what color they were, what matters is what is on the inside. A black person can love me just as much as any white person can. In 1958 times were different, we had segregation. There were so many laws against black and white people, and Richard and Mildred Loving did not care. They loved each other, just how all of us should.
  • References:
  • http://time.com/4362508/loving-v-virginia-personas/
  • https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_(2016_film)

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