Today in lazy posting, I bring you soundbites as to why this day is important:
- 1926 – Brazil quit the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany – a lot of people laughed about so-called “third world” or “developing” nations who admonished U.S. election fiascos 8 years ago and condemned war in Iraq. Yet, as the Brazil example on June 12, 1926 reminds us, some times they are the only ones willing to say and do what global powers are not.
- 1963 – Civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson, MS – for those invested in ignoring, erasing, or simply exercising the privilege not to think about oppression, racism (and all of the other isms) are things of the past, that “weren’t that bad.” While Evers has been dead for 46 years, let us not forget that it took 31 years for his killer to be brought to justice even tho many people knew exactly who had done it from the day of the assassination, that noose incidents continued well into the presidential election, and that with regards to other oppressions that often intersect racism: Tiller was shot just last week, a black security guard was shot just two days ago protecting a Museum on the Holocaust and its patrons, and a transwoman was shot and killed a week ago. All of these moments were hate crimes and testaments to why we still have to fight against oppression.
- 1967 – State laws which prohibited interracial marriages were ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court – this triumph should have set a legal precedent for marriage equality, but it did not. So many states have begun to turn the corner on the next big marriage equality fight, but the once enshrined mecca of queer culture, California, still says no. As someone whose father missed her birth because of segregation and prohibition against interracial relationships, I cannot stress enough that the real human cost of dehumanizing any group through unequal treatment under the law is much farther reaching than you can imagine.