America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated religious opinions of the different sects which were so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851), novelist
I recently discovered Neurotranscendence, the author of this blog is Teresa Morrison. The blog is interesting, and there is the bonus of her articles at the Advocate. Her most recent The "People v. Loving" points to out what should be obvious, but prejudice and fear continue to keep people ignorant.
Here is but a snippet of her excellent article:
So, yes, the "will of the people" speaks thunderously. I suppose it is fairly convenient to believe marriage should be reserved for a man and a woman when one happens to be heterosexual -- an estimated 90%-95% of the population. I imagine it was just as cozy to be racist in the 1960s, when a mid-decade Gallup poll indicated that 42% of Northern whites and 72% of Southern whites supported a ban on interracial marriage. The ratio of whites to blacks at the time was 89 to 11.
History would reveal how unjust it was then to put the rights of a few in the hands of the many. How is it that so many of us have unlearned such a simple, logical lesson?