Same race dating
Attitudes towards interracial relationships, and indeed marriage, have increased in positivity in the last 50 years.In 1968, 73% of US citizens disapproved of the right to marry inter-racially, whereas this figure dropped to 17% by 2007, illustrating the reduction in discriminatory attitudes towards interracial dating.
Once married, the pair returned to Virginia, and were both arrested in their home for the infringement of the Racial Integrity Act, and each sentenced to a year in prison.Races did not want to mix, the whites were feeling inadequate and wanted to take back control.The Ku Klux Klan then formed in 1867, which led to violence and terrorism targeting the black population.For nearly 10 years, Seretse and Ruth lived as exiles in Britain, as the racism towards their relationship remained strong.British officials hoped that their asylum in the country would reduce their desire to continue the marriage.There are a few potential reasons as to why such strong ideas on interracial sex developed.
The Reconstruction Era following the Civil War started to disassemble traditional aspects of Southern society.
Sexual racism is the individual's sexual preference of specific races.
It is an inclination towards potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity.
There was a rise in lynch mob violence where many black men were accused of rape.
This was not just senseless violence, but an attempt to preserve 'whiteness' and prevent racial blur; the whites wanted to remain dominant and make sure there was no interracial sexual activity.
This increased white anxiety about interracial sex, and has been described through Montesquieu's climatic theory in his book the Spirit of the Laws, which explains how people from different climates have different temperaments, "The inhabitants of warm countries are, like old men, timorous; the people in cold countries are, like young men, brave." This idea stemmed from the first encounters between European men and African women.