Interracial Marriage Research Paper

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Introduction
Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, defined under Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act as an interracial couple, married in June 1958 in Washington, D. C., and returned home to Caroline County. However, their happiness did not last long as they were arrested in early July for violating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage, convicted and sentenced to one year in jail in suspension. In 1965, they obtained help from American Civil Liberties Union, which unsuccessfully sought to reverse their convictions in the state courts of Virginia and then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in the case of Loving v. Virginia (1967), overturned all state laws restricting marriage on the basis of race. Therefore, focusing on the controversy
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It has been evolving, forming, defining and dividing the nations since its earliest history. Alone in the United States, interracial marriage has typically been highlighted through two points of view: egalitarianism and cultural conservatism. The former: egalitarianism maintains that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status. Subsequently, in the case of race-mixed marriages, it recognizes the acceptance of the phenomenon. Whereas, the latter depicts cultural conservatism that can be described as the preservation of the heritage of one nation, or of a shared culture that is not defined by national boundaries. In the context of the interracial marriage, traditionalists view it as taboo and as socially unacceptable. This notion has been dominating throughout the years within the history of the United…show more content…
There is no fixed explanation, so it is difficult to convey. As far as asserting the reason for discrimination of Jews in the Nazi period in the history of Germany is fairly easy, the reason behind discrimination taking place in the same period of time, but on the opposite part of the globe, is rather complex. This entanglement begins back with the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD that ultimately lied ground for the feudalism in Western Europe. Even though the term “feudalism” has been deprived from specific meaning by the many ways it has been used, leading to reject it as a useful concept for understanding society by many, there is still a striking similarity between feudalism and slavery. Both do not differ much in definition and the foundations for them are similar; they involve the artificially created economically-warranted differences between the many estates of population. Though the difference can arguably be semantics, slavery undoubtedly derived from feudalism and therefore, paved the way for discrimination of various groups of people that belong outside a commonly accepted standard or pattern. As previously stated, feudalism that came along with the beginning of medieval ages was an informal political system that flourished and ruled between the 9th and 15th centuries. However, the feudalism that structured how societies and people cooperate and interact with each other, soon led to the abuse of power
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