The American society is full of different ethnicities and races. Throughout history in America many of these races struggled to gain equal rights. The issue of interracial marriage and state laws were the concern of many. After many decades of segregation,miscegenation and discrimination laws there came a time for change.
For example, the Supreme Court case Loving v. Commonwealth of Virginia helped gain marital equality for all races. Despite that it was legal to marry interracially however many people still disapproved of the idea of it. In the twentieth century interracial marriages have advanced and couples are coming out together publicly. Despite that fact interracial marriages are more common couples still receive mixed responses from society and these responses tend to affect the couples as if it is a reminder of the past.Interracial couples endure many forms of social shame this is connected with many disputes.
Seeing that these relationships were considered immoral and illegal during the early 1960s. . Between 1942 and 1967 states decided to make interracial marriages legal but officially it was the Supreme Court ruling which made it unconstitutional for states to ban interracial marriages. This ruling made it easy for people to feel a little bit more comfortable marrying outside their race or having relations with someone who is outside of their race because when it was illegal they were afraid that they would get arrested or punished. But now that it was made legal there is no way for them to feel as though they could be harmed in any way shape or form for loving a person outside of their race.African American men have been portrayed as sexual predators who would basically charm the white women. However, in most situations that is not the case sometimes the white women is the one eager to ravish the African American men but during the 1960s the white women would not admit it. White women who have sexual relations or relations in general with African American man were punished as well because it was thought to be immoral and they would considered as a disgrace to society .
Sometimes they would accuse African American men of rape or sexual assault when it was consensual. Interracial marriages are usually thought as miscegenation which is the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations, or procreation. During the early 1960s African Americans still didn’t have many rights as they do now there was no one who would really believe and African-American man if he were to say that he consensually had intercourse with a white woman whether it was legal or not there was still discrimination towards that race. Some always make out African American men to be dangerous or the enemy but they can be the victims as well during that time it was a lose-lose situation because if they did have it decourcy relations with the white woman and they were caught they were punished if they did refuse the white woman and she told her husband or friend that was white they were punished. It is not only the men that engage in the first steps to a relationship women can do it as well and during this time those who willingly took apart in interracial relationships whether african american, white, asian or hispanic they all received an understanding of the negative aspects as well as the positive of the interracial relationships. There are many consequences of interracial marriages due to negative attention and pressure in the relationship to be with the person they are in love with or with a person of the same race.
Every so often discrimination is experienced in a great deal of ways with many different kinds of people which can be experienced directly or indirectly by the people who are in the relationship.( Van der Walt). This can appear in both positive and negative ways which conducts many different emotional responses that are dealt with in many different ways in different situations. Many times interracial couples can be seen walking down the street holding hands and people with the stuff at them like that something they’ve never seen before or they can have an biracial baby and someone can say to the mother or the father that they don’t think that that’s their child because of complexion of the child. in most situations you don’t see many interracial couples not just because they’re uncomfortable for some people to be around but also because paste upon the family’s values they may tell the person that they want them to date inside their race. The people who are at risk are not Asian or Indian or Spanish because they do not have the most tension between the two races the people who are at the most risk are African Americans and whites. Most times african american male and white female relationships are more at risk for discrimination, they have extreme difficulty and most of the time they are motivated by racial stereotypes. The problems in interracial relationships are different from those of people in same race relationships and occasionally marriages like this have many disruptions and are in favor of ending in divorce in 10 years unlike same race marriages.
” Compared to White/White couples, White female/Black male, and White female/Asian male marriages were more prone to divorce; meanwhile, those involving non-White females and White males and Hispanics and non-Hispanic persons had similar or lower risks of divorce.” ( Bratter and King). In addition to that the white women are the person in the relationship who get the most unfairness from those around them or people in general.
Interracial marriage produces biracial children and the producing of the children affect the children based off of society. The biracial children have pressure as well and they are usually confused about where they would fit into society since they are mixed raced. For instance, in Virginia in 1823 when a white woman gave birth to a biracial baby the lover or man would get punished not the woman which is quite unfair. The parents have equal parts in the child’s development they should let the child choose what race they feel more comfortable associating with. This relationship also has a effect on family members as well as those in the relationship. While most people in america can be comfortable or approve of interracial marriages most are not. Interracial marriages do not account for many of the marriages in America in fact they makeup less than 5% of the marriages in America.
. “The results show that more than half (54%) of Black Americans are in favor of their close relative marrying a White person compared with nearly one-in-four (26%).White Americans who said they were in favor of their close relative marrying a Black person”.( Djumba and Kimuna). More African American people are ok with interracial marriage over whites 96% of African Americans approve while 84% of whites approve. Deep down many races know that society will never really accept them dating or marrying someone who is outside their race especially whites and african americans.
The interracial relationships with the most shame professionally and in general would be the relationship between African American men or women and white women or men. “Because interracial dating is such a historically tense and loaded subject, it’s hardly ever looked at with any understanding or compassion for the people personally involved.”( Baker p. 2). Most people’s opinion could change once they find out that you are involved with someone of a different race. When people think of interracial relationships it’s either one of these two situations a african american husband with a high form of education and a white female who doesn’t really have a high social status. Or a rich white male with a African American female wife or girlfriend who is trying to get his money because she doesn’t have a high form of education.
White interracial marriages seem as if they are at a lower percentage than African American interracial marriages.In America society full of many different cultures and races and sometimes races and cultures can come together and join as one and sometimes they cannot. However when it comes to being in a relationship with someone from another race all the couples in those relationships have struggled to gain the right to marry have children or regularly date. The children in the family go through as much pain and heartache as the people in the relationship no matter how many laws are passed or how many people get into interracial marriages it will always be weird to society and they will always feel as if they don’t fit in.
The Loving couple went through many trials and tribulations to make their love legal and that shows that people shouldn’t look at the color of their skin to know what love is but look at what’s inside. Many people are worried about what kind of viewpoints their grandparents had generations ago and they are afraid to make viewpoints of their own most people are too worried about holding on to the past that they are stopping the future from moving forward. And when you stop the future that stops you from moving forward in life. Then you will never get to really experience life and some people just do not understand that you never really will be able to fit into society people in interracial relationships they are not trying to fit into society they are just trying to love one another.