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The Risks They Took For Love

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Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” King, a Civil Rights activist, encouraged African American civil rights during his lifetime leading multiple, peaceful boycotts encouraging the betterment of the treatment of African Americans. Until 1964, the United States had never established a law which was in support of civil liberties for minorities with the ability to enforce the legislation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as other legislation to succeed it, was a turning point for African American rights making it illegal to discriminate “person's color, race, national origin, religion, or sex,” mainly intended to ...view middle of the document...

Even though not all Caucasian Americans demonstrated prejudgment towards African Americans, the majority of southern citizens opposed civil rights for minorities some even taking their hatred to the extreme by joining White Supremacist groups, like the Klu Klux Klan, committing unspeakable hate crimes and lynchings against African Americans to display the “superiority” of the Caucasian race ("The Klu Klux Klan: Legacy of Hate."). Regardless of the multitude of animosity against them, most African Americans did not concede defeat to those with deep-rooted hatred towards the African American people and instead chose to stand up for themselves and those they love.
Despite such vehement discouragement from the majority of the southern, Caucasian citizens, many interracial couples managed to create relationships regardless of the danger that coincided with expressing fondness to someone from a different race. In 1883, anti-miscegenation was deemed legal in the court case Pace v. Alabama. Finally in 1967, through court cases like McLaughlin v. Florida and Loving v. Virginia, anti-miscegenation laws were declared illegal, yet marriage between African Americans and Caucasians was still illegal in 17 states within the United States (McClain). In contrast, not all interracial couples received negative support from their Caucasian counterparts, but in the south mixed couples were greatly discouraged. *Expand more on Loving v. Virginia
*Find a better transition* Interracial couples risked a lot to be together and show their affection publicly. For many multicultural couples, they risked braking laws and receiving harsh backlash from censorious citizens. In the case Loving v. Virginia, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, a mixed couple, were married in Washington D.C. and went back to their home in Virginia where African American and Caucasian marriage was illegal. During the night, the Loving’s house was raided by the police and the couple could either serve one year in prison or leave Virginia. This extreme punishment was one of many things interracial couples risked in order to be together. Also, in the mid-1900s African American men could be fined, beaten, or jailed for looking at a Caucasian Women. In The Secret Life of Bees, the protagonist, Lily Owens is conflicted due to her feelings for an African American boy, Zach. One day, Zach gives Lily a journal knowing that she wants to be a writer when she is older. Showing her appreciation and love for her friend, Lily states “I threw my arms around [Zach] and leaned...

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