As any step to normalize how black families are depicted is a welcomed development.On July 11, 1958, newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room.The couple were hauled from their house and thrown into jail, where Mildred remained for several days, all for the crime of getting married.
Five weeks earlier, the longtime couple had learned Mildred was pregnant and decided to wed in defiance of the law. Upon their return to Virginia, they were arrested and found guilty, with the judge informing Mildred that “as long as you live you will be known as a felon.” The Lovings moved to the relative safety of Washington, but longed to return to their home state.
In order to evade Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, the pair had traveled to Washington, D. In 1963, they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court.
After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of 1967.
I love surprising intersections of the things I love the most. I’m not sure if I am more passionate about any other subjects.
That may be an exaggeration, but anyway I am super into VW as well as the progression of our society toward a more loving, open way of living. Virginia it is likely that there would be no me nor so many others. And though we’ve come a long-ass way in the last 48 years, we still have a long-ass way to go before we’re free from the fears and limitations and separations of race. Can you imagine how lovely things might be if we defaulted to perceived sameness?
This is inspiring and undeniable progress for which I am grateful. Le sigh ❤ So here’s the Volkswagen commercial and here’s to normalizing blackness on the road to normalizing togetherness. What we regularly see depicted in the media is often what we subconsciously regard as being normal.
That being said, you can imagine my delight when the Volkswagen ad below hit the circuit just in time for Loving Day- commemoration of the day that the Supreme Court declared interracial marriage to be legal nation wide with their verdict in the Loving vs. It’s hard to deny the influence that television and movies has had on impacting the way that people of color are viewed by society.
As inconsequential as it seemed when the popular television series 24 featured a black man as the president, this depiction did undoubtedly condition a segment of the public to the idea that it was not inconceivable that a black man could be the President of the United States.
Although inter-racial dating is widespread, television continues to shy away from featuring this reality.
That’s why it’s interesting to see Volkswagens choosing to promote this ad.
We will be watching to see if other major advertisers follow suit.