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Richard and Mildred Loving;

Arrest: June 1958

Charge: Felony

Crime: Interracial marriage

Case: Loving v. State of Virginia 1967

“Forty-five years ago, sixteen states still prohibited interracial marriage. Then, in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, a white man, and his wife, Mildred Loving, a woman of African American and Native American descent, who had been arrested for miscegenation nine years earlier in Virginia. The Lovings were not active in the Civil Rights movement but their tenacious legal battle to justify their marriage changed history when the Supreme Court unanimously declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law—and all race-based marriage bans—unconstitutional. ” - ICP

 

Being white meant a lot more than skin color. Being white meant being the inheritor of the Greeks and the Romans and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and George Washington. Being white meant being the people, who by God’s will, seemed to be in charge. Not only of Virginia, not only of America, but of the world. It’s hardly surprising that people would want to protect that and that people would turn it into a fetish, and that people would assume that it must be guarded with law and violence, if necessary.
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Edward Ayers, historian.

Ayers talks about the Racial Integrity Act and laws against miscegenation in Virginia during the 1950s and 60s. Context: Loving v. Virginia (1967)

Anti-miscegenation laws ? Weird to know that My Actual Existence

was illegal in many States in the U.S. until 1967 - wow …. how fucked is that …

Anti-miscegenation laws or miscegenation laws were laws that enforced racial segregation at the level of marriage and intimate relationships by criminalizing interracial marriage and sometimes also sex between members of different races. Such laws were first introduced in North America from the late seventeenth century onwards by several of the Thirteen Colonies, and subsequently by many US states and US territories and remained in force in many US states until 1967. After the Second World War, an increasing number of states repealed their anti-miscegenation laws. In 1967, in Loving v. Virginia, the remaining anti-miscegenation laws were held to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. Similar laws were also enforced in Nazi Germany as part of the Nuremberg laws, and in South Africa as part of the system of Apartheid. In the United States, interracial marriage, cohabitation and sex have been termed “miscegenation" since the term was coined in 1863.

Interracial marriage in the U.S.

Anti-Miscegenation laws. Was that only for whites? Say an Indian woman wanted to marry an Asian boy. Would that still be banned? Or a black man marrying a Chinese woman? Would anyone care? But imagine the poor child. I think it’s awful to be mixed in this time period. Imagine when it was illegal. 

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By ALYSON HUDNALL

My fiancé is white. I’m not. We plan to jump the broom this summer, to honor my heritage and the hardships of couples like us. The tradition was born under anti-miscegenation laws that forbade blacks from marrying. And signing an official state marriage license feels inappropriate, considering the racist history behind it.

Anti-miscegenation laws had been a part of US history…

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By the Power Vested in Us

By the Power Vested in Us

By ALYSON HUDNALL

My fiancé is white. I’m not. We plan to jump the broom this summer, to honor my heritage and the hardships of couples like us. The tradition was born under anti-miscegenation laws that forbade blacks from marrying. And signing an official state marriage license feels inappropriate, considering the racist history behind it.

Anti-miscegenation laws had been a part of US history…

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By the Power Vested in Us

By the Power Vested in Us

By ALYSON HUDNALL

My fiancé is white. I’m not. We plan to jump the broom this summer, to honor my heritage and the hardships of couples like us. The tradition was born under anti-miscegenation laws that forbade blacks from marrying. And signing an official state marriage license feels inappropriate, considering the racist history behind it.

Anti-miscegenation laws had been a part of US history…

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