Many people still alive today may have grown up without a single friend of a different race. But Cashin said the American color line is artificial, and it all started with slavery.
Slave owners didn’t want other white people aligning with slaves for fear it could threaten slavery as an institution.
The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision struck down the Virginia law and similar statutes in roughly one-third of the states.
Some of those laws went beyond black and white, prohibiting marriages between whites and Native Americans, Filipinos, Indians, Asians and in some states “all non-whites.”The Lovings, a working-class couple from a deeply rural community, weren’t trying to change the world and were media-shy, said one of their lawyers, Philip Hirschkop, now 81 and living in Lorton, Virginia.
They simply wanted to be married and raise their children in Virginia.
The question isn't simply a matter of whom you'll be going out with on Saturday night. Indeed, despite its increasing depiction in the media, interracial romance is still America's "last taboo," according to Tom Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. And recent surveys reveal that American attitudes toward intermarriage have also steadily improved: While 70 percent of adults in 1986 said they approved of interracial marriage, that figure had climbed to 83 percent by 2003, according to a Roper Reports study.
She expects it to have a fundamental impact on American culture and the political sphere.
"Interracial friendship can transfer what I call cultural dexterity, and cultural dexterity is an enhanced capacity for intimate connections with people outside your own tribe," she said.
He found that 35.7 percent of white Americans had interdated, along with 56.5 percent of African Americans, 55.4 percent of Hispanic Americans, and 57.1 percent of Asian Americans.
Men and those who attended racially or ethnically integrated schools were significantly more likely to interdate.
In New York, I am allowed to relax to a degree I never dreamed possible in Madison.