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Interracial Families in Post-Civil

Rights America
Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Loren
Interracial Families
Loving v. Virginia, (1967), was a
landmark civil rights case in
In 1967 the
which the United States
Supreme court
Supreme Court, by a 9-0 vote,
in Loving v. declared Virginia's anti-
Virginia miscegenation statute, the
declared that "Racial Integrity Act of 1924",
laws against unconstitutional, thereby
interracial overturning Pace v. Alabama
marriage were (1883) and ending all race-based
illegal. legal restrictions on marriage in
the United States.
Post-racial America?

In 1970 only 1% of marriages Is love, marriage, and child-

were interracial. In 2005 the rearing in post-Civil Rights
America color blind?
number was still less than 10
percent at 7.5%.

In the 7.5% of marriages that

are interracial, marriages 92% of all marriages in the US
between blacks and whites adhere to the practice of
endogamy or in-group marriage,
remain the least likely that is they are between people
combination. of the same race.
History of interracial marriage
A 1691 law increased the
punishment of European
women who married African
or Indian men; a white
woman could be whipped or
enslaved for marrying a Black.
Eventually, enslavement of
white women was ended as
slavery began to apply only to
Structural Racism
• Structurally rooted
racial inequalities
continue to persist in
our social institutions,
ranging from public
schools, to health care,
to the criminal justice
Interracial Families Today
• http://www.nytimes.co • In Strangers’ Glances at
m/2011/10/13/us/for- Family, Tensions Linger
tensions-remain-part- • NYT, Oct. 12, 2011
Covert and Overt discrimination today
• Blacks in general
oppose interracial
marriage, but accept it
within their families

• Whites accept
interracial marriage in
general, but oppose it
within their families
Border Patrolling
• Is a form of racial White women marrying black men
report being verbally harassed, socially
hostility. ostracized, and/or excommunicated
from family and friendship networks.
• The unarticulated
White males who marry black women
boundaries experience less hostility, mostly
between blacks and expressions of curiosity, confusion, or
whites that become concern.
noticeable to an
interracial couple. Blacks report attacks against their racial
identity, loyalty to the group (race), and
Angry Black Women

• Why are black women

so opposed to
interracial marriage?
– The marriage squeeze
– Eurocentric standards of
– Structural racism
What is Racial Literacy?
• The ability to recognize white privilege define racism as a current
understand that (the symbolic and material social problem rather than
value of Whiteness) a historical legacy
larger socio-
political and
historical forces understand that racial
promote the possession of
racial grammar and a
shape racism. identities are learned and
vocabulary that facilitates a
an outcome of social
discussion of race, racism,
and antiracism

• Racial literacy is
a set of encourage the ability to
includes an analysis of the
ways that racism is
practices that: translate (interpret) racial mediated by class
codes and racialized inequalities, gender
practices hierarchies, and
What about the children?
• Today’s mixed race youth
do not have angst about
their identity.
• They develop identities
based on their social
environs and how they
are linked to social,
material, cultural,
economic and
institutional forces.