How interracial love and marriage changed history and may soon alter the landscape of American politics.
Loving beyond boundaries is a radical act that is changing America. When Mildred and Richard Loving wed in 1958, they were ripped from their shared bed and taken to court. Their crime: miscegenation, punished by exile from their home state of Virginia. The resulting landmark decision of Loving v. Virginia ended bans on interracial marriage and remains a signature case - the first to use the words white supremacy to describe such racism.
Drawing from the earliest chapters in US history, legal scholar Sheryll Cashin reveals the enduring legacy of America's original sin, tracing how we transformed from a country without an entrenched construction of race to a nation where one drop of nonwhite blood merited exclusion from full citizenship. In vivid detail she illustrates how the idea of whiteness was created by the planter class of yesterday and is reinforced by today's power-hungry dog whistlers to divide struggling whites and people of color, ensuring plutocracy and undermining the common good.
Cashin argues that over the course of the last four centuries, there have always been "ardent integrators" who are now contributing to the emergence of a class of "culturally dexterous" Americans. In the 50 years since the Lovings won their case, approval for interracial marriage rose from 4 percent to 87 percent. Cashin speculates that rising rates of interracial intimacy - including cross-racial adoption, romance, and friendship - combined with immigration and demographic and generational change will create an ascendant coalition of culturally dexterous whites and people of color.
Loving is both a history of white supremacy and a hopeful treatise on the future of race relations in America, challenging the notion that trickle-down progressive politics is our only hope for a more inclusive society. Accessible and sharp, Cashin reanimates the possibility of a future where interracial understanding serves as a catalyst of a social revolution ending not in artificial color blindness but in a culture where acceptance and difference are celebrated.
"A concise, powerful reflection on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case." (Kirkus Reviews)
"In this sweeping history of what was formerly known as 'miscegenation', Sheryll Cashin beautifully unfolds the history of interracial intimacy from the earliest days of the colonies until the current re-emergence of the white supremacy movement. At the center of this narrative, Cashin places the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case of 1967 which finally overturned all statutes penalizing interracial marriages. Through a wonderfully readable set of stories, including references to popular culture, Cashin provides an accessible, essential, and ultimately hopeful view of racial relationships in America." (Henry Louis Gates Jr.)
"White supremacy has long foiled love, and love has long foiled white supremacy. Sheryll Cashin offers us this essential historical revelation in Loving. This fascinating and accessible story puts the 50-year-old Loving v. Virginia decision in much-needed historical perspective and shares its unknown post-history. In the end, Loving offers an optimistic showpiece of the possibilities of an antiracist America divorced from white supremacy where 'dexterous' acceptors of difference can marry, can befriend, can love the identical hearts under our different looking skins. Loving gives us the historical tools and urges us to renew our old fight for the human right to love." (Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America)
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Just gonna buy the actual book
Yes, from Sheryll Cashin
This book has alot of gems regarding race relations in America and also focuses on discriminatory problems other people of color faced as well.
Just needs a better narrator. It does not feel like I am listening to a story, but a dull news report.
No, buy the book.