Interratial gay dating

This section focuses on the US as research on sexual racism in the USA is the most prevalent in the available literature, this does not mean it does not exist elsewhere.

After the abolition of slavery in 1865, the white citizens of America showed an increasing fear of racial mixture.

In 1968, 73% of US citizens disapproved of the right to marry inter-racially, whereas this figure dropped to 17% by 2007, this illustrating the reduction in discriminatory attitudes towards interracial dating.

Irrespective of this, there still remains the issue of sexual racism in the online dating world, in that preferences appear to follow a racial hierarchy.

Interracial couples are prevalent in both historical and contemporary contexts, and illustrate the former impact of sexual racism, in addition to highlighting how attitudes have changed in the last 50 years.

A case that has perhaps received heightened publicity is that of Mildred and Richard Loving.

These laws reinforced racial segregation as the white population refused to mix with the black population, again undermining the prominent black populace.

Sharing the basic premise, originating from the 'taboo' nature of interracial relations, individuals of other racial groups are classified as forbidden sexual objects; the result of a racial fetish.

This sexualised reductionism is, concurrently, a form of sexual racism.

The couple lived in Virginia yet had to marry outside the state due to the anti-miscegenation laws present in nearly half of the US states in 1958.

Once married, the pair returned to Virginia, however in the same year were both arrested in their home for the infringement of the Racial Integrity Act, and each sentenced to a year in prison.

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