History Question - the public and the law?

Miscegenation laws were abused alot, how did this change the public's views on miscegenation? in other words, through the exposure of the frailty of the system, how did the public come to accept miscegenation.

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  • 9 years ago
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    In the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, many American states passed anti-miscegenation laws, often based on controversial interpretations of the Bible, particularly the story of Phinehas. These laws prohibited the solemnization of marriages between people of different races and prohibited the officiating of wedding ceremonies, typically making miscegenation a felony. Sometimes the individuals attempting to marry would not be held guilty of miscegenation itself; felony charges of adultery or fornication would be brought against them instead. Vermont was the only state to never introduce such legislation. The 1883 U.S. Supreme Court case Pace v. Alabama upheld the constitutionality of anti-miscegenation laws. The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930, also known as Hays Code, explicitly forbid the depiction of miscegenation. In 1965, Virginia trial court Judge Leon Bazile sent an interracial couple who had married in Washington, D.C., to prison, writing:

    Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, Malay, and red, and he placed them on separate continents. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.

    This decision was eventually overturned in 1967, 84 years after Pace v. Alabama, when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled the following in Loving v. Virginia:

    Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival … To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law.

    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, 16 states still had laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Those laws were not completely repealed until November 2000, when Alabama became the last state to repeal its anti-miscegenation law:

    after a statewide vote in a special election, Alabama became the last state to overturn a law that was an ugly reminder of America's past, a ban on interracial marriage. The one-time home of George Wallace and Martin Luther King Jr. had held onto the provision for 33 years after the Supreme Court declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional. Yet as the election revealed—40 percent of Alabamans voted to keep the ban—many people still see the necessity for a law that prohibits blacks and whites from mixing blood.

  • 9 years ago

    Miscegenation has been ongoing ever-since the term 'race' was invented. Because it has been ongoing and also because people of different races have a different opinion about it, a more common and general attitude has developed in terms of accepting Miscegenation.

    Increased migration between countries and continents make it even more likely to happen and due to restrictions brought on by human rights, code of Ethics and also immigration laws Miscegenation is sometimes seen as a sign of progress or a sacrifice that should be made to achieve progress by some countries. Some countries however have been founded by different races due to colonialism.So Miscegenation to them is a foreign term which even by definition has no sense to them.

    We still have a handful of countries who do not accept or look down on Miscegenation. Also, we do have certain countries or people who look up to it.

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