What is the problem with interracial dating

However, when people talk about race relations, the focus is on Blacks and Whites. The science of Eugenics also supported the belief that children produced from these interracial marriages were inferior.

The Lovings were prosecuted under a statute enacted in 1924 entitled "An Act to Preserve Racial Integrity."1 The statute said that in Virginia no White person could marry anyone other than a white person.2 The law made it a crime not only to enter into an interracial marriage in the State of Virginia, but it also criminalized interracial marriages outside the state with the intent of evading Virginia's prohibition.3 Furthermore the law stated that children born out of such a union were deemed in the eyes of the State to be illegitimate and without the protections and privileges accorded to the children of lawfully wedded parents. This article compares the history of interracial marriages with that of same-sex marriages.The article goes into much detail on the ideals of classification and what benefits classification had for a society. The author of this article comments on those who are advocates of the "just say no" approach to racism. This article is also a perfect example to show how law is directly affected with the changes in society's views. This approach basically states that we all will reject conscious racist acts and proceed in a color-blind manner. The Lovings pleaded guilty to violating the Act and were sentenced to one year in jail, though the trial judge gave them the option of avoiding incarceration on the condition they leave the State and not return for twenty-five years.4 During the course of the proceeding the trial judge asserted that: "Almighty God created the races of White, Black, Yellow, Malay, and Red, and He placed them on separate continents." "And but for the interference with His arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages." "The fact that He separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix."5 After Virginia's Supreme Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the decision on the grounds that the Constitution of the United States prohibits states from barring interracial marriages. This annotation is only going to focus on the miscegenation laws and the view society had of children born out of interracial marriages.In so doing, the Supreme Court invalidated similar laws in fifteen States. The author states that the freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by freemen.

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