Today is Loving Day, marking the 41st anniversary of the US Supreme Court affirmation of the right of interracial couples to marry.
The holiday isn't as cheesy as it sounds; it's named after the plaintiffs, the white Richard Loving and the black/Indian Mildred Loving of Central Point, Virginia. You remember the slogan of Virginia back in the '60s, right? "Virginia is for Lovers of Similar Genetic Heritage."
The Economist, of all pubs, had a touching obit on Mildred Loving, who passed away just last month at the age of 68.
It was only recently that I looked around and realized that our local friends are predominately in mixed race relationships, and creating little fusion-style offspring of great variety. Whether this was subconscious same-seeking or just a function of living in the Bay Area... well, who cares? It's just one of the greatest benefits of living in our time, and not in the time of the Lovings.
So, happy Loving Day to all people who love.
Word to my fellow miscegenist Jon.