Inter-racial marriages revised edition week 8

Inter-racial marriages revised edition week 8 - Interracial...

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Interracial Marriages: We've Come a Long Way By: Oscar Bishop Eng. 102 Professor Paul Wiltz September 10, 2013
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Did you know that on August 4th, 1961, when President Barack Obama was born, it was illegal in 22 states for people of different races to be married (Frank, 2008)? Inter- racial couples in love had to hide what we find to be common just half a century later. Even though it still goes against some cultural beliefs, inter-racial marriages are more accepted and occur more frequently because of changes in laws and transformations in public attitudes. As our country is up in arms over the idea of same-sex marriage, with it ruled as legally recognized in some states and not in others, one cannot help but be reminded of a similar issue that was facing the country fifty years ago. The case that changed it all then started with a White man by the name of Richard Loving and the love of his life, a Black woman by the name of Mildred Jeter (Ram, 2009) . In 1958, this couple made the decision to get married in the District of Columbia not realizing how big of an impact the marriage would come to have on themselves and every other couple like them (Ram, 2009) . Following their marriage, the Loving couple later decided to return to their home state of Virginia. After returning home, Richard and Mildred Loving found themselves being arrested and charged with violating the Commonwealth of Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws (Ram, 2009) . An anti-miscegenation law is one that stated it was illegal for two couple of different racial backgrounds to be married. In some states, this law only applied to non-white races want to marry someone who was considered white. The Loving couple made the decision to submit a guilty plea and were then sentenced to one year in prison, unless they agreed to leave the state (Ram, 2009) . After returning to the place of their marriage, the nation's capital, the Lovings made the decision to appeal the decision that was made on their court case. Although the State of Virginia's Court of Appeals upheld
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the lower court's decision, the decision that eventually came down from the Supreme Court would come to change the nation forever. In 1967, the United States Supreme Court determined that all anti-miscegenation laws were a violation of each and every citizen's Fourteenth Amendment rights. The outlawing of miscegenation laws was a huge step for the United States of America. President Barack Obama recognized the importance of the changes that have been made in this country, even if he did not have all of his facts correct. In an interview with a reporter from theadvocate.com in April, 2008, President Obama was quoted as saying, "I'm the product of a mixed marriage that would have been illegal in 12 states when I was born" (Frank, 2008). The truth of the matter is that it was actually illegal in 22 states for his parents to be married at the time of his birth. In fact, of the fifty states that make up the United States of America, there were only thirteen that never had any type of bans on inter-racial marriages (Beckwith, 2010).
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  • Spring '10
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  • The Bible, Miscegenation, inter-racial marriages

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