The History and Patterns of Interracial Marriage and Families in the United States

analytical Essay
1233 words
1233 words

Coming from an interracial family, as well as an interracial romantic relationship, I was drawn toward researching the history and patterns of interracial marriage and families in the United States. Having the social experiences involved with dating exogamously or having interethnic siblings and cousins can drastically affect the way one interacts with and sees the world. As early as 1691, colonial-era United States established anti-miscegenation laws banning blacks and whites from interracial marriage and sex, stemming from the oppression and supposed racial inferiority of African-Americans. Colonies such as Virginia and Maryland were the first to introduce laws prohibiting interracial marriage in 1691 and 1692, respectively (Sweet). Other colonies closely followed suit, even passing in colonies which did not have slavery, though no nation other than the US had any laws like them. These laws were not abolished nationwide until 1967, after the controversial Loving v Virginia case in the US Supreme Court (Qian 263). The case involved an interracial couple, the Lovings, aided by the American Civil Liberties Union, who able to overturn the law, arguing that it violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights. Different generations within the US public have very differing views of interracial couples, usually a polarized view of either cultural conservatism or egalitarianism. But the public at large has still yet to overcome the taboo, part of the reason behind the currently small rates of interracial marriages. Even though, since the court's decision, America has seen an increase of interracial marriages as well as interracial offspring of those marriages. Occurrences of these 'multiracial Americans' has led to a change in government dat... ... middle of paper ... ...he One-Drop Rule". Backintyme Essays. 21 May 2010 . Tehranian, John. "Performing Whiteness: Naturalization Litigation and the Construction of Racial Identity in America." The Yale Law Journal. Vol. 109, No. 4. (2000), pp. 817-848. United States. Dept. of Commerce. Census Bureau. “The White Population 2000: Census 2000 Brief.” Washington: GPO, 2000. . Vaquera, Elizabeth, and Grace Kao. "Private and Public Displays of Affection Among Interracial and Intra-Racial Adolescent Couples." Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited) 86.2 (2005): 484-508. Academic Search Complete. Zhang, Yuanting, and Jennifer Van Hook. "Marital Dissolution Among Interracial Couples." Journal of Marriage & Family 71.1 (2009): 95-107. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 21 May 2010.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that coming from an interracial family, they were drawn to researching the history and patterns of in-terra-cial marriage and families in the united states.
  • Explains that colonial-era united states established anti-miscegenation laws banning blacks and whites from interracial marriage and sex, stemming from oppression and supposed racial inferiority of african-americans.
  • Explains that the history of being defined as 'white' has been inconsistent. under the naturalization act of 1790, naturalization was only offered to "any alien, being a free white person."
  • Explains that the low occurrence and disproportionate failure rates of interracial marriages in the us indicate the persistence of racial boundaries still embedded in american culture.
  • Explains that interracial marriages are skewed due to non-exhaustive and misleading categories.
  • Explains that hispanics and asian americans are more likely than african americans to live in predominantly white neighborhoods. this likelihood is even higher for those with greater educational attainment.
  • Explains that stratification theorists argue that when educational boundaries become stronger, racial barriers may become easier to cross. interracial marriages involving whites and minorities should become educationally homogamous.
  • Explains that multiraciality and the dynamics of race relations in the united states.
  • Explains loving v. virginia. no. 395. supreme court of the us. june 12, 1967.
  • Analyzes sweet's essay on the invention of the color line and the one-drop rule.
  • Analyzes vaquera, elizabeth, and grace kao. private and public displays of affection among interracial and intra-racial adolescent
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