RCL #9 TED Scripts (Draft)

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down a ban on interracial marriage in the famous Loving v. Virginia case. This case set the precedent and reinforced the idea that everyone has a right to marry whomever they desire.

The County Judge Leon M. Bazile, of which the Loving case originated,  stated:

Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his [arrangement] there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix (Bazile 1).

Obviously, we have advanced in thought since then.

Within the TED talk tell an anecdote from the book, Marriage Across the Color Line by Clotye M. Larsson. Chose either “A Mississippi Story” from page 117 or “Prosecution in New York” from page 120.

Both stories deal with the prosecution of interracial couples in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The stories will provide an interesting first-hand account of how far society has developed since then.

Besides anecdotal evidence, employing statistics would strengthen the analysis of the paradigm shift of interracial marriage. According to multiple sources, the acceptance of interracial relationships has risen dramatically over the years. Likewise, the partaking in interracial marriages has increased exponentially compared to half a century ago.

Include these sources for statistics: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-interracial-marriage-study-met-20170518-story.html


An interesting idea that could be brought up is the fetishization of interracial babies begot from interracial marriages. Even if interracial marriages are accepted, stereotypes still exist around the beauty of “mixed babies.”

Overall, the United States is progressing in many different sectors of cultural and civic life; interracial marriage just happens to be one of those sectors. In the past, interracial marriage threatened the security of “white supremacy.” Why? Because if desegregation was not bad enough, sexual relations between different races exposed the populace to the realities of life: love unbounded by hate.




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