Loving Day, interracial marriage and why love shouldn’t be colorblind


Love is blind, they say, and maybe it is a little. 

My husband, Dan, doesn’t really seem to notice or care when my hair is a mess or I’m wearing my shabbiest (but oh-so-comfortable) sweatshirt. He averts his eyes when I leave dishes in the sink, gently teases if I leave books everywhere. 

He’s not alone. I shrug when he leaves doors open, chuckle to myself when he absently wears his shirt inside-out. 

But my husband never pretends he doesn’t see my race or that it doesn’t matter. He is white, and I am Black.

Hi, there, I’m Felecia Wellington Radel, engagement editor, focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion at USA TODAY, and I’d like to welcome you to this week’s “This Is America,” a newsletter about race, identity and how they shape our lives.

But first, race and justice news we’re watching: 

Who were the Loving couple?

Our marriage was made possible in part by a 1967 Supreme Court decision — Loving v. Virginia — and the couple at the center of the case, Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and Black woman.

Mildred Loving and her husband Richard P Loving are shown in this January 26, 1965 file photograph.

The court’s ruling struck down bans against interracial marriage in 16 states. The state I live in wasn’t one that had anti-interracial marriage laws, but the landmark case has protected our right to marry and the freedom to travel and live anywhere in the nation. 

Now, Loving Day is celebrated on June 12, the anniversary of the historic court decision. 

And interracial or interethnic marriages are becoming more common. About 13% of millennials are married to someone who is a different racial or ethnic background, according to Pew Research Center.

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