Opposition to miscegenation, framed as preserving so-called racial purity , is a typical theme of racial supremacist movements. Although the term "miscegenation" was formed from the Latin miscere "to mix" plus genus "race" or "kind", and it could therefore be perceived as value-neutral, it is almost always a pejorative term used by people who believe in  racial superiority and purity. In Spanish America, the term mestizaje , which is derived from mestizo —the blending of European whites and Indigenous peoples of the Americas , is used to refer to production of offspring by people considered to be of different racial types. In the present day, the word miscegenation is avoided by many scholars, because the term suggests that race is a concrete biological phenomenon, rather than a categorization imposed on certain relationships.
Interracial Marriage Laws History and Timeline
Key facts about race and marriage in the U.S. | Pew Research Center
Centuries before the same-sex marriage movement , the U. It's widely known that the Deep South banned interracial marriages until , but less widely known is that many other states did the same. California, for example, prohibited these marriages until In addition, politicians made three brazen attempts to ban interracial marriages nationally by amending the U. Maryland passes the first British colonial law banning marriage between White people and Black people—a law that, among other things, orders the enslavement of White women who have married Black men:. This legislation leaves unaddressed two important questions: It draws no distinction between enslaved and free Black people and omits marriages between white men who marry Black women.
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Note: For more recent data on race and marriage, see this post. Today marks the 48 th anniversary of the U. Virginia , which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states. Interracial marriages have increased steadily since then. Looking beyond newlyweds, 6.
The book, Judice said, is not intended to dismiss black men as loving, suitable partners. Black females begin to outnumber black males by age 16, Judice writes, partly as a result of high mortality and incarceration rates that Judice said result from systematic discrimination against black males. Black men are also twice as likely as black women to marry outside their race, she writes.