Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World

Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World

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In 1967, the US Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia. Although this case promotes marital freedom and racial equality, there are still significant legal and social barriers to the free formation of intimate relationships. Marriage continues to be the sole measure of commitment, mixed relationships continue to be rare, and same-sex marriage is only legal in 6 out of 50 states. Most discussion of Loving celebrates the symbolic dismantling of marital discrimination. This book, however, takes a more critical approach to ask how Loving has influenced the 'loving' of America. How far have we come since then and what effect did the case have on individual lives?between white men and black women; that there are substantially fewer marriageable black men than black women in the ... should be able to use their superior levels of educational and occupational attainment as compared to black men to attract white husbands. She hypothesizes that success in those realms does not translate into greater cross-racial appeal for black women as it does for men.12 THEanbsp;...

Title:Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World
Author:Kevin Noble Maillard, Rose Cuison Villazor
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2012-06-25


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