“When they entered our lives, they were to be treated courteously, but with aloofness, and sent away as quickly as possible.
Besides for a black man to even look at a white woman was dangerous.”This was no understatement, as the case of Emmett Till proves.
While visiting Mississippi in 1955, the Chicago teen was murdered by a pair of white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
Till’s murder sparked international outcry and motivated Americans of all races to join the Civil Rights Movement.
But the Lovings violated this condition, returning to Virginia as a couple to visit family.
Incredibly, these laws remained on the books until the latter half of the 20th century, making interracial relationships taboo and posing barriers to mixed-race couples.
A major reason interracial relationships continue to carry stigma is their association with violence.
Interracial relationships have taken place in America since colonial times, but couples in such romances continue to face problems and challenges. When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.
On the flip side, African American men who so much as looked at a white women could be killed, and brutally so. Taylor describes the fear that interracial relationships invoked in the black community in the Depression Era South in (1981), a historical novel based on her family’s real-life experiences.When protagonist Cassie Logan’s cousin visits from the North to announce that he’s taken a white wife, the entire Logan family is aghast.“Cousin Bud had separated himself from the rest of us…for white people were part of another world, distant strangers who ruled our lives and were better left alone,” Cassie thinks.