The Movie ' The Loving Story '

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The story of the Lovings is one fraught with social change. The Lovings were the mixed-race couple that brought their case to the Supreme Court and legalized interracial marriage throughout the U.S. While not described explicitly within the film, the social change that the case brought about was sizable­– legalizing interracial marriage was a huge step towards racial equality. While even today, racial equality has not yet been achieved, the social change that has occurred from the time of this film to modern day is drastic. This becomes evident in the street interviews with the people in the film, The Loving Story, a documentary that follows the historic court case of the Lovings, compared to modern vocalizations of racism, which are much…show more content…
In both the story of the Lovings and the story of the same-sex couples who pushed to legalize their marriages in the Supreme Court case against California’s Proposition 8, despite acceptance within their communities, they still faced discrimination from many other Americans. This was because of the fact that the discrimination was normalised and validated within society. In The Loving Story, there is a clip of a news interview with a woman on the street who was asked of her ideas on race. This woman is white and likely in her mid-30’s, as is the man who is interviewing her. They are outside, yet it is unclear exactly as to where, though there are a few buildings scattered around. The woman says, ““I feel that God had a purpose in creating the races separately. I am so proud of negroes who are proud of being negroes. They are what God made them. And I am proud of being white because I am what my white race has made me. I’m white today because my parents practiced segregation” (28:19-40).
In America during her time, ideas like this were generally and publicly supported, and, as viewed through the confidence she exudes, people with ideas as these did not have to fear reprimand. It was normal to support segregation and separation, especially because the laws in America at the time did, too. To a modern viewer, however, this is a very strong and profound statement that stands
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