Loving Day- June 12th
by Mike Lackey
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Being a mid forties, white male born and raised in Alabama, most people would think they already know my opinion and stance on interracial relationships. Well, do not judge what you do not know. In my heart I believe a person has the right to fall in love with the person that takes their breath away, steals thoughts away during the day when you’re not even together, and warms your soul with a deep fire just at the mention of that person’s name. None of those have a color requirement attached to them. Every person in this big open world is “colored”, none being really the same shade on the outside and I believe that is one of the many traits that makes us unique.
Loving v. Virginia marked a day where ignorance was brushed to the side and equality was held high. Who has the right to tell someone that they aren’t suppose to love someone just because their skin tone is different? Does that same person decide what skin colors are compatible? Do they believe that mixing different colors will produce new colors like in science class; blue+yellow=green. If you think anyone has this right, you are living in an ignorant past with blinders on refusing to see what’s right and human.
Ignorance is not just the lack of education or knowledge. A person can be taught ignorance or acquires it from being lazy, and living in the South I’ve seen my share of it. From the time my daughter was born my wife and I taught her that everyone is the same on the inside and everyone may be different on the outside, but so are snowflakes. Have you ever seen an ugly snowflake? Each one is beautiful in it’s own way and not more important than the one falling beside it. Sometimes people pass on the traits they were taught; hate, seclusion, superiority. Stop the cycle, be the change that will change the world. Replace those with; love, inclusion and equality, be the change.
One time when my daughter was a little girl we took her to buy a new baby doll. We stood on that aisle looking over dozens of fresh eyed babies until she found the one that spoke to her little heart; a tiny black baby dressed in a pink dress with a bonnet on it’s head. Now there were plenty of options, even one sitting right beside this one, dressed the exact same way, only white. She didn’t see the difference. She only knew this was the baby that she chose and loved. Why do people try to teach their children there is a difference? I know I’ve strayed from the point a bit, but what I am trying to show is that we shouldn’t see interracial relationships, we shouldn’t see just a black man and white woman or vice versa. It’s only a relationship, period. The bond between two people that love each other. We have enough hate in this world, be the change, pass on love.
One last thing. Diversity is mistaken for seclusion, showing a difference. Diversity is inclusion, being a s one in this world. We are not all the same, but we are all here together. Strive every day to be better than you were yesterday. Loving v. Virginia was not just a victory for Richard and Mildred Loving, it was a victory for equality. Love doesn’t see color, gender or status, love is one heart caring for another. On this 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia let’s stop seeing interracial relationships and just see people in love.
Thank you, Lisa for this opportunity. I am Michael Lackey, author of The Bad Seed: Battle for the Heavens and the
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A believer in things most found silly, Michael Lackey (1973-) has always been a dreamer. He loved to pretend as a child in the forests of Alabama. Michael would find himself in a land of monsters where he was the only one who could save the world from utter destruction. In his free time, Michael would map out bike courses and fantasize about becoming the next big Hollywood stuntman. With the stunts complete, Michael would raise his sword high and proclaim himself the slayer of the mystical beasts plaguing his land.
Like most over imaginative children, real life set in for Michael.
He never really grew out of his imagination, but rather suppressed it to the point of monotony. Now in his forties, Michael’s stories and love for fantasy come alive on the pages of The Bad Seed. Join Michael on his fantasy-filled quest to tell the story of the brave Zachery Morely and his adventures on Amundiss. Keep and eye out for his upcoming steampunk inspired novel; The Key of Knowledge.
Thanks Mike! That was a great take on IRs. Be sure to join us at 3 PM when Tasha L. Harrison takes the stage.