Although new research documents that interracial daters are viewed as more attractive (see my summary here: readers should be reminded that some states only recently abolished laws banning interracial marriage: Alabama lifted their ban in 2000 (see: Racism, both overt and covert, is active in our society; one need only look at recent historical events to see veiled and visible racist commentary in response to Michael Brown and Eric Garner.These varying reactions, along with laws banning interracial marriages in our recent history, suggest that those dating interracially must respond to the racist reactions of others.
That is, unless you count my first boyfriend – José – who, in the second grade, long-distance collect-called me from Puerto Rico and got me in a lot of trouble with my dad. But I think it’s worth revisiting these concepts within the context of romantic or sexual relationships. And the way we practice our allyship in those contexts should reflect that.
After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of 1967.
Although such laws officially remained on the books in several states, the Lovings’ landmark victory rendered them effectively unenforceable, ensuring nobody else would have to endure the same treatment.
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.