Interracial relationships have taken place in America since colonial times, but couples in such romances continue to face problems and challenges. When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.
S., however, anti-miscegenation laws surfaced in various states that barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them.
But the Lovings violated this condition, returning to Virginia as a couple to visit family.
When authorities discovered them, they were again arrested.
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.
(1981), a historical novel based on her family’s real-life experiences.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.That the public was slowly embracing interracial unions is evidenced by the theatrical release of a 1967 film based entirely on an imminent interracial marriage, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” To boot, by this time, the fight for civil rights had grown very integrated.“In 1967, when my parents break all the rules and marry against laws that say they can’t, they say that an individual should not be bound to the wishes of their family, race, state, or country.They say that love is the tie that binds, and not blood.”When civil rights activists married, they not only challenged laws but sometimes their own families.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.Whites and blacks often fought for racial justice side-by-side, allowing interracial romance to bloom.In (2001), Rebecca Walker, daughter of African American novelist Alice Walker and Jewish lawyer Mel Leventhal, described the ethos that impelled her activist parents to marry.“When they meet…my parents are idealists, they are social activists…they believe in the power of organized people working for change,” Walker wrote.