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9/11/15Chapter 9: Interracial Families in Post-Civil Rights America Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Loren Henderson
Throughout US history, black sexuality and marriage have been the subject of legal, cultural, and political regulation because of the flawed beliefs that 1) black people are fundamentally and biologically different from whites, and that 2) blacks are intellectually, culturally, and genetically inferior to whites.How do people define families on the basis of gender, marital status, and parenthood status? All different types of households; exclusionists, inclusionists, and moderates? How do they talk about family differently?Loving vs. Virginia – 1967Married in DC, showed officers that broke into their house that they were married and it was a crime back then to go to another state to get married. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court.16 states still had laws against interracial marriage up until Loving vs. Virginia.Against the law for B&W to marry. Or go somewhere else to marry and come back to the state in which it was illegal.Almost a decade later, the Supreme Court considered it illegal to have those laws. Similar in magnitude for same sex marriage Supreme Court decision for legal rights for gay marriage.Changes in Interracial marriage Post Loving vs. VirginiaToday 77% of Americans say they approve of marriage between whites and blacks.% of new marriages that are interracialoless than 7% in 1980; 15% of new interracial marriages in 2010 (on 12% were between whites and blacks).Of all new interracial marriages in 2010 – marriages between blacks and whites were least common (12% of the 15% of new interracial marriages).All interracial marriage is the expectation not the norm.Cheerios Commercial (2013) & the news interview of that family. WATCHClearly the US still has issues with race because it caused so much attention.9/16/15Chapter 11: Childfree FamiliesAmy Blackstone and Amy Greenleaf~20% of women 40-44 in the US are childfree. 1/5 of the US.Authors focus on not what a family is something that entails social practices, then lets look at how childfree couples do that. Blackstone and Greenleaf (Chapter 11) look at family functions (what they “do”) rather than structure (what they “are”). Functions of childfree families?oFunction 1 – Emotional companionship for membersMore time with one anotherMore affordable, don’t necessarily have to schedule a date night; can nurture relationship anytime, anywhere.Less stress: with less stress they are able to enjoy their time togetherWhat gives childfree families the emotional/nurturing roles they play for dependent others in their household? Pets.They recognize these are pets, but they appreciate the bond they share with their petsoFunction 2 – Facilitating biological and social reproduction
Their jobs require them to be involved with children. They serve as peer mentor, professional, religious roles like godparents.