The Loving Story
Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were both born and raised in Virginia. Mildred was African American, and Richard was Caucasian. On June 2, 1958 they decided to get married in Washington D.C., yet under the Virginia law. People did not approve of this decision because of their race. During the time of their case, integration was not completely accepted by others. Of course they were severely judged and put down, and the couple was bashed on by most of the surrounding people. They stuck through the battle though because they truly loved each other, and few people understood that, as anyone could conclude from the interviews within the documentary. Since their marriage was not legally accepted, they were missing the economic benefits that married couples usually obtain. The cost of taxes, Social Security and retirement benefits, and much more had only risen when they chose to be together. They were betting to lose way more than just positive judgment from this marriage. On July 14 following the wedding, they were contacted by the police and were sentenced to a year in jail and to flee the state for twenty-five years. Their decision to be married violated the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924. They packed their bags, moved away from their rural city, and settled in the District of Columbia. According to the law, they were supposed to be able to go back to Virginia and visit their old hometown on occasions to visit family. They did so during Easter and were ordered to leave once again. The case started growing and everyone’s opinions became involved. Some people even said that the laws were “meant to keep the colored person down and the white person up.”
The case became more serious and Loving v. Virginia was taken to Richmond with two lawyers, Robert Cohen and Phillip Hirschkop. Because the case was lost within the state’s hands, it was then taken to the Supreme Court. One prosecutor tried to claim that interracial...
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