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Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states citing "There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause."

In the United States, anti-miscegenation laws were U.S. state laws banning interracial marriage, mainly forbidding marriage between non-whites and whites. Loving Day is not yet an official recognized holiday by the U.S. government, but there is a movement to persuade U.S. President Barack Obama to make it as such.

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monza006

That's a wonderful way to think Katie, I love your turn of phrase!

I hope you did Edie... and I'm glad you enjoyed the info and the puzzle today, thanks :~)

You're welcome Pat, thanks :~)

pkin38

Great day thanks Mandy

2dogs7cats

Well on that note I better go and hug my biracial child. LOL, thanks Mandy great info here.

buckeye425

A wonderful day of celebration for lots of people! I like to think that love is color blind.

monza006

Thanks Ardy, Barb and Magda - your comments are all very valid!! I have family in south Africa where there is still clearcut division, although there are some wealthy black communities, on the whole the black africans still suffer greater poverty and deprivation than any of the other communities, which I abhor! There is now genetic evidence that we are all descended from a common African ancestor who lived only 140,000 years ago - so I guess technically we are all actually black!
https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/science-behind/

oldiepumpkin

Good that this law came into being, where would I be without it? And wouldn't it be a shame, if we did not have all these lovely kids, resulting from mixed relations, with their lovely brown skin, dark eyes and lovely curly hair! And I often find, that kids of mixed race seem to take the better of both sides. Or maybe I am partial in this case?!? LOL.

tigress

Ardy, it wasn't (isn't) just a problem in the US. As I mentioned on one of your puzzles, our family lived in South Africa for a year, where I had my 5th birthday, and while I don't remember very much about it, my family does. One of the main reasons for our move to Canada was the political and racial climate there. We may have come a long way but there is more to do. Thanks, Mandy, for your always fantastic WK puzzle! :-)

ringleader

Mandy, I don't know quite what to say except that it is shameful what the US has done in its treatment of non-whites. I grew up in the north where it wasn't as pronounced as farther south. When I was in college there was an unwritten prohibition of interracial dating but it was done a little. When I came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1960 inter-racial couples were not looked upon favorably and their children would probably be shunned by both races. Thanks for the reminder of progress but we still have a long way to go - maybe only in heaven!!