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middle of the dining room table, barely missing a platter of poached eggs. “Loving, can you believe it? Loving versus Virginia.” “Daddy, what are you talking about?” “I’m talking about the Northern Supreme Court saying that interracial marriage—miscegenation—is perfectly fi ne. That not Virginia, or North Carolina, or anybody can pass a law against it.” He didn’t usually talk about such matters with her, let alone at table. He seemed too exhausted to contain himself, worn down by a world careening out of control. “You’d think,” he said, “that they would be able to see the obvious. The more they hand over to them, the more they want. Johnson gives them the Civil Rights Act, and they disrupt the Democratic Convention. So he gives them the Voting Rights Act and the very next day, in gratitude, they burn down half of Los Angeles. So he gives them Affi rmative Action, and they start the Black Panthers. Now they’ve as much as said that any black man can do anything he wants to any white woman, and we’re just
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