The First Interracial Marriage In America.

So every year, my mother will inevitably prompt me to engage in Black History activities much the same way a toddler pokes a sleeping dog with a stick for entrainment.  But this year instead of having to prove to her that I’ve watched some program on Dr. King, or a documentary about Guion Bluford, I’ve decided to find some new faces relevant to black history in America.  Now we all know that the gay rights movement is currently something that rotates in and out of our faces every so often, and there are some people who believe gay marriage is wrong.  I’m not here to say weather it is or isn’t, but what I do want to do is remember a time when marriage between blacks and white was illegal.  (It’s also called Miscegenation)  Not being able to marry another race (to me) is ridiculous.  I’ve, uh… copulated with women of every race there is, and to not be able to take any of those relationships further because of some law is absurd to me.  But just like every boundary before and after it, the destruction of Miscegenation started with one incident, and then spread.  Read the very important story Richard and below.

You may not know her name, but Mildred Loving was a civil rights activist.  Like many who played a role in the civil rights movement Emmett Till, Rosa Parks Mrs. Loving wasn’t looking to change the world by her actions. All she was looking to do was be married to her husband, Richard. Richard was white, and Mildred was black and when they were married in 1958, interracial marriage ”miscegenation” is the pejorative was against the law in their home state of Virginia, as well as 16 other states. Interracial marriage was once a concept so odious that in 1912, Rep. Seaborn Roddenbery of Georgia tried to introduce an amendment to the Constitution banning such unions. To his colleagues in Congress he lectured, according to the Chicago Daily Tribune: ”It is contrary and averse to every sentiment of pure American spirit. It is contrary and averse to the very principles of a pure Saxon government. It is subversive of social peace. … No more voracious parasite ever sucked at the heart of pure society and moral status than the one which welcomes or recognizes everywhere the sacred ties of wedlock between Africa and America.”

Aren’t you glad we’re living in a time when politicians don’t use relationships between consenting adults as wedge issues? (sarcasm)  The Lovings even spent time in jail for the high crime of being married to each other, and were forced to move from Virginia…  Then, in June of 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Lovings’ ACLU-supported challenge to the Virginia law banning interracial marriages.  Forty years later, there’s something like 4.3 million mixed-marriage couples in the United States. Never mind the number of people legally allowed to love as they please, Mildred Loving never thought she personally had done anything special. “It was God’s work,” she told the Associated Press in an interview last year.  Though their only desire was to be together, it was not meant to be for the Lovings. Richard was killed in a 1975 car accident.  Well, they’re together again now, and bless them both.

I know Mildred and Richard’s name may not be mentioned in middle schools across the country every February, or they may not have a street in every major city named after them, but when it comes to the freedom of being with whoever you love, they are pioneers.  February, aside from being Black History month, is also the month that holds valentines day.  So if you (like myself) are emotionally involved with someone of a different race, take a second to thank the people who made it possible for you.

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    • david
    • February 16th, 2012

    Not to be picky, but Mildred Loving considered herself Indian, not black, although she did have some black and some white ancestry.

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  3. The Lovings seemed like really honest people. Their response as to why they pursued the legal remedy that they did seems really honest. They weren’t trying to be “The Ones” that did this thing…..they were doing it for themselves but also understood the bigger picture as to how this would help others (Mildred explained that during an interview). Nice, ordinary people who did an extraordinary thing.

  4. I was totally amazed as to how the story folded and even more amazed at how it ended. Richard was a VERY BRAVE family man with an articulate black woman by his side. They stood for there interacial rights and fought a WINNING fight for BLACKS & WHITES to become as one!

    • LMD
    • March 2nd, 2013

    Story was inspiring and glad that they showed love always wins out.

    • Dan
    • September 25th, 2013

    I love and appreciate those with the sincerity, love, and courage to press on and stand for the right to marry. Sometimes I feel as though racial differences are more of a hazy and perhaps almost unnecessary distinction. While you can draw clear lines between male and female, most of us are not purely white or black or Chinese, etc, and it’s really hard to tell what it means to be a latino.

    When thinking of the “first” interracial marriage in America, I’ve read that I’m actually a product of one of the first ones between John Rolfe and Pocahontas. So, if interracial marriages did not exist, I would not be here, and probably most of us wouldn’t.

    So, if people would want to get rid of interracial marriages, it would almost seem to call each of us to look around and identify which products of interracial marriages we would want eliminated. Also, if a black and white person marry and have children, are those children black or white? What race would they be allowed to marry? Would it be just or unjust to require that they only marry a half black, half white partner? Should their parents be jailed and the children orphaned? What should be the punishment for miscegenation these days? I’d have to ask because my wife and I would also have to be subject to that punishment, even though we believe we have strong evidence that God put us together. What punishment should God be punished with for putting us together given that our races are different? Or are they? People would look at her and say she’s Chinese or Asian. They would look at me and say I’m white. I would have married her if she were black, white, hispanic, middle eastern, or anything else. Our daughter does not suffer all the things that people say mixed children suffer. In fact many mixed children are quite attractive. Some would say they are exotic, but I haven’t been able to figure out what features a person might have that would cause that person to be labeled “exotic”. We’re people. And thank God for those who had the courage to show love to people who looked different from themselves, for those who show that different races are an expression of God’s infinite love and creativity and love for beauty and ability to express that in the variances between all races of human beings and all the differences within each species of being on this planet, and in the differences between the planets.

    It is sad that some can be so morally sick as to find differences a reason for distrust and hatred.

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    • nate deforest
    • December 9th, 2013

    who are these people?

  6. Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your site is useful. Many thanks
    for sharing!

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