He was buried in a white cemetery. She was buried in a black cemetery. Their marriage was unheard-of at the time.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Loving v. Virginia case that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Fifty years later, it seems absurd to most of us that such laws ever existed in the first place.
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The rate of interracial marriages is on the rise in the United States, but despite the growing numbers, racially blended families are often unrepresented on television and in magazines. Several families in Jacksonville have been featured on a popular website that highlights interracial families. Described as, "a crowd-sourced collection of portraits of American interracial families and marriages," WeAreThe15Percent. Cheerios received such an adverse response, that they reportedly disabled the comment section for the commercial on Youtube.
What many of the stories about Loving v. Virginia leave out, however, is what happened next, namely, the birth of generation of children born to interracial couples, a generation that is now squarely in, or about to enter, middle-age. The series explores issues of identity and belonging, and outlines how this generation of Americans sought to identify themselves in a society that considered them simply black.
Interracial couple Indian man, Chinese woman pose for wedding photographs and portraits in a park in the day. They are on old stone steps and and smiling and laughing as they take photos. Photo "Interracial couple Indian man, Chinese woman pose for wedding photographs and portraits in a park in the day.
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By Ashley Collman. With the current president a product of an interracial marriage, it's easy to forget how recently miscegenation was taboo in the United States and how mixed-race couples still face hardships today. Photographer Yael Ben-Zion illustrates the modern challenges facing these couples in new book 'Intermarried'.
Photographer Robert Kalman is also telling cross-cultural stories, through photographs. The people captured have origins in many different countries but what they have in common is that they are all in a cross-cultural or interracial relationship. Photographs taken with permission from Robert Kalman.