Freedom and Marriage

Race is “a group of people who share a set of characteristics – usually physical ones – and are said to share a common bloodline.” However, new scientific research has shown contradicting results to this definition. That is where ethnicity takes play. A person can appear a certain way but can identify differently. Ethnicity is “a group of people who are linked by a common heritage” meaning they may be from different cultures but at the biological core are the same as any other ethnic background they choose to categorize themselves with.

These new standards void the concept from the Nineteenth Century stating that one drop of black blood makes a person black referred to as the One Drop Rule. This rule evolved from U.S. laws forbidding miscegenation. Miscegenation is the technical term for a multiracial marriage.

The court case Loving vs. Virginia of 1967 is a revolutionary civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court that ended miscegenation laws. This allowed for interracial marriage to occur in the United States. This case proved that Virginia’s law prohibiting marriages between persons based on race is against the Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court stated that miscegenation laws were racist and had been passed to maintain white supremacy.

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Del Prado, Alicia M., and James Lyda. “The Multiracial Movement: Bridging Society’s Language Barrier.” Diversity in Mind and in Action [3 volumes](2009): 1.

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