The findings of a new study at North-West University in Mahikeng about changes in interracial marriages have raised hopes that race relations in the country are improving.
They fly in the face of some of the racial, ethnic and xenophobic tensions that have been the hallmark of South African society in recent months, and which have again put the issue of national cohesiveness centre stage.
And groups who have previously been found least likely to marry outside their race – Asians, Indians and whites – are increasingly choosing partners of another race.
In order to evade Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act, the pair had traveled to Washington, D. In 1963, they approached the American Civil Liberties Union to fight their case in court.
After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of 1967.
Although such laws officially remained on the books in several states, the Lovings’ landmark victory rendered them effectively unenforceable, ensuring nobody else would have to endure the same treatment.
The last law officially prohibiting interracial marriage was repealed in Alabama in 2000.