Saturday, September 29, 2012

Law Music Video: The Loving Kind

This week's law music video post is The Loving Kind by Nanci Griffith.  See related posts here and here.

Nanci Griffith writes, "They changed the hearts of my nation, with their wedding vows." Would this have been true if the Supreme Court had upheld the Virginia Law? In other words, was it their wedding that fostered change or was it the court's willingness to embrace their wedding that changed the hearts (and minds) of the nation?

The award winning book, The Hollow Hope, argues that the Court's decision in Brown vs. Board of Education actually set back the cause of integration - that time and education would have brought quicker and more effective integration. Do you agree or disagree?  What, if anything, is the value of a Supreme Court decision on changing the "hearts and minds" of Americans?

More than 50 years after the Loving decision, there is still a durable belief among some that interracial marriage should be illegal. (This poll ascribes that position to 29% of likely Republican voters in Mississippi) Is this the best consensus that we can hope for in a pluralist society?  Do those who disagree with the Court's decision nevertheless acquiesce to it - or do they strive to change it?

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