June 12 Open Thread: It's Loving Day
It's Day 163 of the Year 2019 CE (Gregorian), meaning that it's June 12, 2019 (Gregorian), or 126.96.36.199.4 by the long count
Not like that, silly, "Loving" as in Loving v Virginia, the 1967 US Supreme Court case that put an end to miscegenation laws in this country. Well, not really, the curt case declared them to be unconstitutional, and hence unenforceable. When such things happen, in some parts of the country the laws are kept on the books, to enforce against the uninformed and those too poor to seek a federal appeal, to express disapproval, to use to con the gullible and uninformed, and for people like innkeepers and cops to use to harass other people because racism. For example, while Loving was decided in 1967, Alabama still enforced its anti-miscegenation law locally against those unable to afford an appeal to the federal courts until 1970, and kept it on the books until 2000. (Let's all sing a chorus of Sweet Home Bamalama, or however that goes, oh yeah.) For the record, Delaware, DC, the Virginias, Missouri, The Carolinas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tejas and the rest of the South all had such laws still on the books in 1967.
It should be Unintended Irony Day,. Hear me out on this. Loving v Virginia was decided on the 191st anniversary of The Virginia Declaration of Rights, a "seminal" document written by some of the "founding"
Thus, The Virginia Declaration of Rights was no bar to Virginia passing and subsequently enforcing an anti-miscegenation law because, racism, to be blunt, but also oligarchy. (The Virginia Declaration of Rights gave special treatment to persons who happened to be white, but they also happened to be male, and well to do. Virginia like the rest of the colonial US was a very classy place, classy as in having a pronounced caste system in which non-indentured poor white males ranked barely above non-wealthy women who in turn ranked just above the indentures, free blacks, Indians, and slaves.) It was also no bar to Virginia trying to outlaw same sex marriage both by statute and by amending the Virginia Constitution (Marshall-Newman Amendment). Clearly, the much vaunted Virginia Declaration of Rights continues to be, in and of itself, of extremely limited applicability much as it was when it was drafted by wealthy white male slave owners. So, in the words or spirit of an ancient newspaper editorial, "Yes Virginia, there is a Virginia, and, no, you probably don't have equality there because you are a mere female", but that is another rant for another time. /rant
For now. let us celebrate Loving v Virginia
And now at last they understand that this is the law throughout the land
Image is Jack Johnson Introducing his Fourth Wife
Its an open thread so have at it. The floor is yours