Saturday, April 6, 2013

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Loving v. Virginia was a landmark Supreme Court case in which the Supreme court of the United States invalidated all laws prohibiting interracial marriage. That case was brought by Mildred Loving {a black female} and Richard Loving {a white male}, who were sentenced to a year in prison for violating the State of Virginia's anti-miscegenation statue {Racial Integrity Act of 1942}. The Racial Integrity Act of 1942 prohibited marriage between people that were classified as "white" and people who were classified as "colored." The United States Supreme court made a unanimous decision which lead to that prohibition being declared unconstitutional, the overturning of Pace V. Alabama {1883} and an ending to all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.

This is a picture of States of the U.S on the day that the interracial prohibition was repealed. The gray states are the states that did not have any anti-miscegenation legislation. The green states are the states that had anti-miscegenation legislation before 1887. The yellow states are the states that repealed their anti-miscegenation legislation from the years of 1948 to 1967. The red states are the states that repealed their states anti-miscegenation legislation on June 12th, 1967, due to that landmark U.S Supreme Court decision.

When states want to discriminate against a certain class or group of people, it is the responsibility of the United States federal government to make sure that states treat each and everyone the same, under the law. States should have rights, but when states decide to discriminate against a certain class of people, the U.S federal government should have authority to take some of that state's rights away because that state is abusing it's power.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim


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