Sunday, June 11, 2006

Holidays - Happy Loving Day!


June 12th is the 39th anniversary of the legalization of interracial marriage. That's right- before 1967 it was illegal for people of different races to marry each other. Modern Flapper took a break from the World Between the Wars today and attended a charming and uplifting Loving Day Party at The Delancey, a boite in downtown Manhattan, where free hamburgers and hot dogs were served, free beer was drunk, and lots of flirting, schmoozing and celebrating went on. However, we must remember that the fight for all people to be seen as human did not start in the 1960s. Right before WWI there was a failed movement to make interracial marriage illegal in the US through Constitutional amendment (sound familiar?), and during the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan made a big comeback. By the 1930s, Joe Lewis had a shot at becoming heavyweight fighting champion of the world without being chased out of the country (which is what happened to Jack Johnson, primarily because he kept marrying white women and defeating pretty much every "Great White Hope" who was sent to destroy him in the ring), but things remained dicey for a very long time. Witness the way Japanese-Americans were treated during World War II and the manner in which newspapers and movies portrayed anyone who was not white, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant from the 1800s through the end of WWII.
Thanks to Facing History for the amazing graphic.

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