What Does Your Loving Portrait Look Like?
The Loving film is getting a lot of buzz. And if you know the real story behind the movie, you know why. Until the United States Supreme Court decision on June 12, 1967 to overturn anti-miscegenation laws, interracial marriage had been legal in all but sixteen holdout states.My parents were married in 1960, in New York City, one of the gray states. My mother was Black and Japanese and my father was German, Dutch and Irish.
And while it had always been legal for them to get married in New York, people’s attitudes toward interracial marriage mimicked those of bigots the world over: disapproval and disgust. My parents’ Loving portrait didn’t start out so picture perfect. My father’s father disowned him and my brothers and I never know him (no loss) or my paternal grandmother.
Their marriage endured and they went on to have three kids: my brothers and me.
Today I am married to Paul, who’s Black. Here we are (I have the blue shirt on and glasses and Paul is next to me) with friends and family.
Here are other “Loving” Portraits.
Tiffany Streeter-Marshall and Shane Marshall on their wedding day November 18, 2014.
The Loving Portrait of the Angel Family.
The Loving Portrait of Stev Fair and his family.
The Loving Portrait of the White Family.
The Loving Portrait of Shay Smith’s Parents. Read her Stages of Being Biracial here.
The Loving Portrait of Shannon Rutherford-Hardin’s Parents. Read her Stages of Being Biracial here.
The Loving Portrait of Luke Visagie and Maja Dežlović. Read Maja’s Stages of Being Biracial here.
What Does Your Loving Portrait look like?
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