52 years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Loving v. Virginia — and in doing so overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country. Mildred and Richard Loving sued the state of Virginia and successfully demanded that the state recognize their interracial marriage. Although that was an amazing breakthrough moment, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that, even over half a century later, we still have a long way to go to safeguard the rights of minorities and interracial couples.
In this video, Vice talks to interracial couples decades after the Loving v. Virginia decision and it’s a difficult, important reminder of what so many couples are still dealing with. “There’s never a time when we are in public when I’m not aware that we’re an interracial couple,” one gentleman explains. Another man tells how his partner Janet, an African-American woman, refused his proposal several times because she thought that their marriage would hurt his political career in the Senate. It’s heartbreaking to see how, even today, being in an interracial relationship means navigating so much prejudice and discrimination. You can see the whole video here:
For those of us who are not minorities or in interracial relationships, it’s easy to trick ourselves into thinking that the world has moved along far more than it really has. We need to continue facing the racism that exists in our society — it’s the only way we can start to move past it.