Define interracial dating
Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel "Ramona" is a case in point.
In it, a woman named Señora Moreno objects to her adoptive daughter Ramona’s impending marriage to a Temecula man named Alessandro.
When protagonist Cassie Logan’s cousin visits from the North to announce that he’s taken a white wife, the entire Logan family is aghast.
“Cousin Bud had separated himself from the rest of us…
“In 1967, when my parents break all the rules and marry against laws that say they can’t, they say that an individual should not be bound to the wishes of their family, race, state, or country.
They say that love is the tie that binds, and not blood.” When civil rights activists married, they not only challenged laws but sometimes their own families.
When slavery of blacks became institutionalized in the U.
S., however, anti-miscegenation laws surfaced in various states that barred such unions, thereby stigmatizing them.
Although in early America members of different races openly procreated with one another, the introduction of institutionalized slavery changed the nature of such relationships entirely.
for white people were part of another world, distant strangers who ruled our lives and were better left alone,” Cassie thinks.
“When they entered our lives, they were to be treated courteously, but with aloofness, and sent away as quickly as possible.
“The whole world cannot keep me from marrying Alessandro. If not, it’s best to find a mate of whom your family approves.
On the other hand, if you’re newly involved in such a relationship and only fear that your family may disapprove, consider having a sit-down conversation with your relatives about your interracial romance.
Besides, for a black man to even look at a white woman was dangerous.” This was no understatement, as the case of Emmett Till proves.