Allison Skinner does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. According to the most recent U. More interracial relationships are also appearing in the media — on television , in film and in advertising. These trends suggest that great strides have been made in the roughly 50 years since the Supreme Court struck down anti-miscegenation laws. But as a psychologist who studies racial attitudes , I suspected that attitudes toward interracial couples may not be as positive as they seem.
50 years later, interracial couples still face hostility from strangers
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Williams Interracial Relationships: Then and Now Interracial relationships have made tremendous progress since early colonial settlement. With the first anti-miscegenation laws enacted in , Maryland , and for the following four-hundred years, whites and their colored partners have suffered scrutiny, discrimination, and sometimes even painful deaths until just , when all anti-miscegenation laws were repealed. Ruth Frankenberg, author of The Social Construction of Justice, analyzes how interracial relationships have been and, to certain extent, remain a controversial issue today through interviews with white women. In chapter four, Frankenberg highlights that over the hundreds of years of discrimination against mixed couples, interracial relationships have influenced American culture, politics, and law.
Interracial marriage is still a very controversial topic today. Interracial marriage is a form of exogamy, which is marrying outside your family, community, clan or tribe. The breakdown of the word interracial means, "between or together pertaining to a race.
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.