Statistics on interracial dating and marriage
On July 11, 1958, newlyweds Richard and Mildred Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room.
When they announced the news in 1948, Ruth’s father threw her out of the house, while Seretse’s uncle declared “if he brings his white wife here, I will fight him to the death.” Bowing to pressure from apartheid South Africa, the British government attempted to stop the marriage and then prevented the couple from returning to Botswana.Some of the first people of Spanish/ Mayan heritage were the product of a truly incredible marriage.As a survivor of a shipwreck off the Yucatan coast, Gonzalo Guerrero found himself held captive by the Maya.Desperate to avoid being killed, he successfully sought to learn his captors’ language and customs.As he gained acceptance into the culture, he taught Spanish combat tactics to the Maya, which are said to have allowed them to drive out the conquistadors.Their love for one another was not received well by the general public, especially in the United States, where racism was still very much the norm.
In spite of the Bahá’í faith’s innermost message of “Oneness of Mankind,” many people of the faith living in Washington, D. adhered to the attitude of racial segregation that was rampant during the time.
There are very few records of marriages between Europeans and non-Europeans during this time period and many considered such relationships unthinkable.
Nevertheless, Marie-Claude’s parents reportedly gave their blessing for the union, and while the couple soon found themselves in financial difficulties, the marriage seems to have been a happy one.
Rhinelander was a white socialite born into a prominent New York family.
Jones was the biracial daughter of a working class couple.
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.