Friday, May 29, 2009

I'll take this as good news

Multiracial people become fastest-growing US group
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
28 May 2009
WASHINGTON – Multiracial Americans have become the fastest growing demographic group, wielding an impact on minority growth that challenges traditional notions of race.

I'm not delusional. I know that prejudice based on race/ethnicity will always be with us.
Nevertheless, I do view it as progress that interracial couples no longer elicit none-too-furtive glances in public.

... and this is another "in my lifetime" moment:
Anti-miscegenation laws, also known as miscegenation laws, were laws that banned interracial marriage and sometimes interracial sex between whites and members of other races. In the United States, interracial marriage, cohabitation and sex have since 1863 been termed "miscegenation." Contemporary usage of the term "miscegenation" is less frequent. In North America, laws against interracial marriage and interracial sex existed and were enforced in the Thirteen Colonies from the late seventeenth century onwards, and subsequently in several US states and US territories until 1967.
[Wikipedia, Anti-miscegenation laws]
Until 1967!

Here's the Supreme Court case:
Loving v. Virginia
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court declared Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute, the "Racial Integrity Act of 1924", unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.
In my lifetime!

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