Americans today mark the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the U. Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States. The decision voided a Georgia law, in force since , that made it unlawful for any nonwhite person to marry any white person.
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As I pushed him around the neighborhood, I thought of him as the perfect brown baby, soft-skinned and tulip-lipped, with a full head of black hair, even if it was the opposite of my blond waves and fair skin. What nationality is his mother? Virginia struck down laws banning such unions. In , 12 percent of all new marriages were interracial, the Pew Research Center reported. According to a Pew report on intermarriage , 37 percent of Americans agreed that having more people marrying different races was a good thing for society, up from 24 percent only four years earlier; 9 percent thought it was a bad thing.
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Although subsequent statutes criminalized interracial sex and marriage, it was still generally accepted when between a white man and a black woman, as any offspring of the slave would have provided an economic benefit for the slaveowners. For the first 50 years of the census, local census enumerators reported statistics for the population, including racial classification. Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel. Slicebox - A fresh 3D image slider with graceful fallback.
In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in the Loving v. Virginia case that marriage across racial lines was legal throughout the country. Intermarriage has increased steadily since then: One-in-six U.