"The couple moved to Washington, D.C., and Mildred, hoping to end this exile, pleaded her case in a letter to Attorney General Robert Kennedy. Kennedy referred her to the American Civil Liberties Union, which agreed to represent the Lovings. In 1967, Loving v. Virginia reached the Supreme Court. Citing the 14th Amendment, the court overturned the Lovings' conviction and ruled that all anti-miscegenation laws would henceforth be null and void.... 'Under our Constitution,' wrote Chief Justice Earl Warren, 'the freedom to marry or not marry a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed upon by the state.'" (Via Slate; picture via Terrierman.)
In the wake of Mildred Loving's death, some of articles I've read about the case (with the exception of the Terrierman, linked above) are expressing a sense of relief that this kind of discrimination doesn't still happen today in our modern, enlightened society.
To which my response is, "Really, ya think?" I'll grant that it may not be as acceptable to express such sentiments publicly, but I'd submit the ugly signs we who live near Topeka see frequently, not to mention the lovely trial transcripts we who work as attorneys come across every now and again, are pretty good proof that discrimination is alive and well in the new millennium.
So, for this week's poll:
What was your first experience with discrimination, either against yourself or others? Is it something you see often? Do you feel that--especially when dealing with people who grew up at a time when such discrimination was socially acceptable--it's better to confront it or to ignore it?
Comment and discuss.