Adventures in interracial dating
But when police raided their Central Point home in 1958 and found a pregnant Mildred in bed with her husband and a District of Columbia marriage certificate on the wall, they arrested them, leading the Lovings to plead guilty to cohabitating as man and wife in Virginia."Neither of them wanted to be involved in the lawsuit, or litigation or taking on a cause.
They wanted to raise their children near their family where they were raised themselves," Mr. But they knew what was at stake in their case."It's the principle. I don't think it's right," Mildred Loving said in archival video footage shown in an HBO documentary."And if, if we do win, we will be helping a lot of people."Richard Loving died in 1975, Mildred Loving in 2008.
It really is dependent on where you are in the country and also the locale."Even in the South, interracial couples are common enough that oftentimes no one notices them, even in a state like Virginia, Hirschkop said."I was sitting in a restaurant and there was a mixed couple sitting at the next table and they were kissing and they were holding hands," he said.
"They'd have gotten hung for something like 50 years ago and no one cared – just two people could pursue their lives.
Currently, 11 million people – or 1 out of 10 married people – in the United States have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of US Census Bureau data.
"I had the woman who was showing the apartment tell us, 'I don't rent to coloreds. In August 2016 in Olympia, Wash., Daniel Rowe, who is white, walked up to an interracial couple without speaking, stabbed the black man in the abdomen and knifed his white girlfriend. And even after the Loving decision, some states tried their best to keep interracial couples from marrying.
In 1974, Joseph and Martha Rossignol got married at night in Natchez, Miss., on a Mississippi River bluff after local officials tried to stop them.
Some of those laws went beyond black and white, prohibiting marriages between whites and Native Americans, Filipinos, Indians, Asians, and in some states "all non-whites."The Lovings, a working-class couple from a deeply rural community, weren't trying to change the world and were media-shy, said one of their lawyers, Philip Hirschkop, who now lives in Lorton, Va.
They simply wanted to be married and raise their children in Virginia.