Just three years after Emmett Till’s horrific murder, Virginians Mildred Jeter, an African American, married Richard Loving, a white man, in the District of Columbia.
After returning to Virginia the Lovings were arrested for breaking the state’s anti-miscegenation laws but told the one-year prison sentence given to them would be dropped if they left Virginia and did not return as a couple for 25 years.
But the Lovings violated this condition, returning to Virginia as a couple to visit family.
When authorities discovered them, they were again arrested.
This time they appealed the charges against them until their case made it to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 1967 that anti-miscegenation laws violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In addition to calling marriage a basic civil right, the Court stated, “Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”During the height of the civil rights movement, not only did laws change regarding interracial marriage but public views did as well.
Miscegenation is defined by sexual relations between people from different racial groups.
The term stems from the Latin words "miscere" and "genus," which mean "to mix" and "race," respectively.
(1981), a historical novel based on her family’s real-life experiences.Of course, you may end up deciding to agree to disagree with your family about your relationship.Whatever you do, avoid springing your interracial romance on family members by unexpectedly inviting your new love to a family function.Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel (1884) is a case in point. Still, Señora Moreno believes that Ramona is superior to a full-blooded Indian.In it, a woman named Señora Moreno objects to her adoptive daughter Ramona’s impending marriage to a Temecula Indian man named Alessandro.“You marry an Indian? Always an obedient girl, Ramona rebels for the first time when she chooses to marry Alessandro.
“When they entered our lives, they were to be treated courteously, but with aloofness, and sent away as quickly as possible.