An in an interracial couple, Mildred Jeter a 17-year-old, was black and Richard Loving a 23-year-old, was white. After they got married in Washington D.C and returned in 1958, they were charged and jailed for their actions. The judge told them that they would be sent to prison for one year or they could leave the state for 25 years in exile. Later on, they got arrested for traveling together in Virginia, they were referred to the American Civil Liberties Union. The court ruling disapproved with states banning interracial marriage because it was unconstitutional.
Nearly 84 years later, the Supreme Court overturned the previous rulings of Pace v. Alabama with the case, Loving v. Virginia. that finalized the legalization of interracial marriage. The case is distinguished for fighting against the laws that prohibited marriage rights for interracial couples. Both Richard and Mildred Loving were robbed of their marriage rights because of Virginia’s laws preventing amalgamation of races. Virginia police officers had intruded into their house, disregarding the 4th amendment that was passed in 1791.
It was not fair that equality only existed between the white people. King believed that using violence in order to get what you want is unjust and would be against God, that it would lessen the chance of getting what they wanted. He thought that the way to do things was through nonviolence, which is why he was protesting. He was
Tom has to have it his own way. “Tom broke her nose”(Fitzgerald 27). Myrtle was not doing was Tom wanted , so to get her to do what he want he uses physical abuse as leverage against her. Tom went to NY for a Women named Myrtle Wilson, him and here have an fair with there husband, and wife. Then when she does not what to go into the apartment tom threaten here if she does not she going to be hurt by him.
Kevin claims that Dana is his wife; Rufus squeals and says, “Niggers can’t marry white people”, “It’s against the law” (Butler 60-61). The Deep South had banned interracial marriages until 1967. Although interracial marriage was unheard of, miscegenation was common but it “often led to complications in the South. Sometimes white men loved their black concubines more than they did their white wives” (Blassingame 84). Many of the white wives would file for divorce if this happened and they would also take out their anger on the black woman involved.
In her diary, Martha never directly expresses any opinion about the social hierarchy of the society, but she does express her frustration about male doctors complicating her job as a healer (248). In Martha’s Maine, the powerful men were almost above the law and the trial of Mrs. Foster’s rape shows how hard it was for women to take any action against their abusers. In that men dominated society, as a midwife, Martha’s testimony about the paternity of a child was important as it was common practice to ask “unwed mothers to name the father of their child during pregnancy” (149). It was based on an old English law as were many other laws in early America. Despite being a citizen of the USA, Martha were not able to vote, serve in jury or acquire property for herself.
Jim Crow laws are a complex set of laws and customs separating the races in the south. Jim Crow laws have deprived many American citizens of their civil rights by, being prohibited to things such as interracial marriage, whites and colored going to the same schools, and not getting service at restaurants. This Jim Crow laws have made it very hard for American citizens to do everyday activities that seem so impossible to think about not having. One Jim crow law states “All marriages between a white person and a negro or person, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the fourth generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited. ( Florida) This makes the civil rights of American citizens very different financially and emotionally.
In fact, according to the article, “History of Battered Women’s Movement”, domestic violence began all the way back to 753 B.C (2014). There was a law that stated that a husband could strike their wife with a rod or switch as long as the circumference was not larger than the base of his right thumb (Ibid). A key idea to keep in mind is stated in the article, “Domestic Violence in the 1970’s”. It mentioned that domestic abuse was still commonly unrecognized by everyday citizens in the early 1970s (2015). Consequently, men who battered women was considered a confidential affair and was not worth facilitating (“Domestic Violence in the 1970’s”, 2015).
Sexism is evident when it comes to the relationships that the men have with Curley’s wife. After getting married to Curley just a few weeks ago, she has since then been instructed to stay in the house away from the other guys. This order from her husband starts to get under her skin and she proceeds to say “wha’s the matter with me? Ain't I got a right to talk to nobody?” (Steinbeck, 87). Curly’s wife ultimately faces rejection every single time when she tries to talk to one of the guys.
The movie “Loving” is based on a true story, and it depicts the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, living in Virginia. In 1958, the couple went to Washington D.C and got married. They married here for the reason that interracial marriage was banned in Virginia. Yet, when they got back home, they were arrested. They spent the expanse of nine years struggling for their right to live as family in their town.