Thursday July 6, 2017
The articles on Loving v. Virginia were excellent and thought-provoking ("Love trumps everything," Reading Eagle, June 19). It took 300 years to erase the legal stain of laws prohibiting marriage between nonwhite and white people. These laws were enacted to legalize the violence and forced segregation necessary to maintain Christian white male supremacy (a European concept) and to support the economic system of chattel slavery. White supremacy became white nationalism, which served to rationalize the subjugation of nonwhites during western expansion.
Racism and white nationalism still exist in the U.S. As the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall stated: "Racism separates, but it never liberates. Hatred generates fear, and fear, once given a foothold, binds, consumes, and imprisons."
By espousing James Madison's view of the Constitution as a living document, the Warren Court (1953-1969) greatly expanded the constitutional rights of all people in the U.S. Indeed, historian Joseph Ellis provides evidence that the Founders were opposed to any judicial doctrine of "original intent." The extension of constitutional rights to people once ignored or excluded provides the framework to make America great, not a nationalism based on a person's color or religion and then supported by specific gerrymandering, immigration and voter ID policies, and commissions investigating voter fraud that occurs one in 30 million votes cast, according to the Brennan Center at New York University School of Law.
Racism still an issue despite some progress