It was formally declared legal in the United States in 1967 when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case Loving v.
Virginia that race-based restrictions on the set of individuals whom an individual is eligible to marry violate the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
Bit it was that moment that inspired the 55-year-old artist to begin her portrait series, Sticks and Stones, for which she takes black-and-white pictures of a range of interracial couples and writes the cruel insults they have endured underneath the shots.
Donna, who said her interaction with the young woman and her black boyfriend reminded her of a conversation she had years before with another interracial couple, shared: 'What struck me was the resilience of both couples in the face of derision, their refusal to let others define them.'Since then, she has photographed interracial pairs of all ages in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee in an effort to 'capture how they see themselves, the world of love and trust they have created despite adversity.'Donna, who is a professor at the University of Central Arkansas, said she includes hateful insults the couple has been subjected to at the bottom of the images to serve 'as a reminder of how part of society sees them'.
“I’m a white man who is marrying a biracial man (his father was black, his mother is white) this summer.
It’s actually interesting sometimes trying to decide if people are looking at us funny because we’re a same sex couple, because we’re an interracial couple, or because of both.”- ndcj12 “I’m white and my fiance is Filipina.
Couple this with the growing Western trend of many Black men seeking to date and mate with women of any other ethnicity except their own and the general invisibility of Black women in the media (when we are represented, we’re aggressive, unfeminine and not the object of any attraction) and you’ll find that Black women in the UK are facing the same conundrum as our sisters across the Atlantic.
It was strange.”“I’m blonde hair blue-eyed and my boyfriend is indigenous Peruvian, my brother is dating a black woman and my sister is dating an Indian man. My cousin said that we are destroying the white race.
Unfortunately, we are not the masterminds of any such plan.”- so_viet_cong “My boyfriend is white/Syrian and I am black.
At that time, 24 states across the country had laws strictly prohibiting marriage between people of different races.
Five weeks earlier, the longtime couple had learned Mildred was pregnant and decided to wed in defiance of the law. Upon their return to Virginia, they were arrested and found guilty, with the judge informing Mildred that “as long as you live you will be known as a felon.” The Lovings moved to the relative safety of Washington, but longed to return to their home state.