Primetime television shows and movies frequently present as unremarkable the love affairs between Black men and White women and between Black women and White men. Polls tell us that Americans are becoming less opposed to interracial dating and marriage than in previous decades National Opinion Research Center, ; Pew Research Center, Just 50 years ago, a Black man in the South risked his life if suspected by Whites of looking the wrong way at a White woman. A White woman faced rejection by her family and disgrace in the eyes of White society for having a child by a Black father. Virginia, and coincident with the major advances of the civil rights movement.
Family Stories: Black/White Marriage during the 1960s
Before 'Loving' | Arts & Sciences
Mildred and Richard Loving On July 11, , newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room. The couple were hauled from their house and thrown into jail, where Mildred remained for several days, all for the crime of getting married. At that time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races. Five weeks earlier, the longtime couple had learned Mildred was pregnant and decided to wed in defiance of the law. In , they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court.
The study also stated that same-sex couples are about 2. They formed the Mestizo and Mulatto populations that populate the countries in Latin America. Intermarriage and inter-relations occurred on a larger scale than most places in the world. In some countries, Asian immigrants have also intermarried among the groups.
In better understanding the context in which Mildred and Richard Loving went to court we may better understand the world civil rights leaders were coming from, yet on a much more personal and intimate level. This case, along with the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, was one of the pivotal events building up to the Civil Rights movements of the s. In the s, the vast majority of whites condemned interracial marriage and went to great lengths to make it undesirable, unwise, difficult and illegal.