Interracial Relationships That Changed History


Hi beautiful people, welcome back to my channel. It’s your girl Sis G back with another video. If you’re new to this channel, this is the
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comments so be courteous in the comment section. When we think about history, a lot of us focus
on segregation and colonization, but these couples show us that love will make it no
matter the circumstance. In today’s video we are talking about Interracial
Relationships that Changed History. Mildred and Richard Loving On July 11, 1958, newlyweds Richard and Mildred
Loving were asleep in bed when three armed police officers burst into the room. The couple were hauled from their house and
thrown into jail, where Mildred remained for several days, all for the crime of getting
married. At that time, 24 states across the US 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. In order to evade Virginia’s Racial Integrity
Act, the pair had traveled to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony. 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. In 1963, they approached the American Civil
Liberties Union to fight their case in court. After an extensive legal battle, the Supreme
Court ruled that laws prohibiting interracial marriage were unconstitutional in June of
1967. Becuase of their courage, interracial marriage
became legal in the United States. Ruth Williams Khama and Sir Seretse Khama While attending law school in England, Ruth
met Sir Seretse Khama, the chief of the Bamangwato tribe, who became Botswana’s first president
in 1966. Under his leadership, the country underwent
significant economic and social progress, while Ruth was a politically active and influential
First Lady. But first they had to overcome the wave of
bigotry brought about by their controversial marriage. When they announced the news in 1948, Ruth’s
father threw her out of the house, while Seretse’s uncle declared “if he brings his white wife
here, I will fight him to the death.” Bowing to pressure from apartheid South Africa,
the British government attempted to stop the marriage and then prevented the couple from
returning to Botswana. For eight years they lived as exiles in England,
until the Bamangwato sent a personal cable to the Queen in protest. Their sons Ian and Tshekedi later became significant
political figures as well. The marriage is said to have inspired the
film A Marriage of Inconvenience and the book Colour Bar. Louisa and Louis Gregory Louisa and Louis met in 1911 on a pilgrimage
to the Holy Land in Egypt. Their love for one another was not received
well by the general public, especially in the United States, where racism was still
very much the norm. In spite of the Bahá’í faith’s innermost
message of “Oneness of Mankind,” many people of the faith living in Washington,
D.C. adhered to the attitude of racial segregation that was rampant during the time. With Bahá’í leader Abdu’l-Bahá declaring
his staunch support for interracial marriages, Louis and Louisa were married in 1912 in New
York, becoming the first interracial Bahá’í couple. Louis Gregory became a strong advocate for
racial unity in both the United States as well as within the Bahá’í community. His most significant expression of the teachings
of his faith come from his marriage. Despite countless obstacles, the couple remained
married for almost 40 years, until Louis Gregory’s death in 1951. Leonard Kip Rhinelander and Alice Jones The marriage and divorce trial of Kip Rhinelander
and Alice Jones brought the racial tensions of a nation to court, examining how a person
is labeled as “colored” and “white” in legal terms. Rhinelander was a white socialite born into
a prominent New York family. Jones was the biracial daughter of a working
class couple. In 1921, the two met in Stamford, Connecticut
at a clinic where Kip was working through his issues of anxiety and stuttering. The couple had a three-year love affair before
marrying in 1924. Because of the Rhinelanders’ high position
in society, their marriage was listed in the New York Social Register. Alice became the first black woman to appear
in its pages, and the media swung into action. Headlines immediately blared the news of the
marriage. Kip’s family quickly followed this with
a demand that he divorce his wife, and he eventually succumbed to their will. The divorce trial was centered on Kip’s
claim that Jones had passed herself off as a white woman. Under the eyes of an all-white, all-male jury,
the focus of the trial became whether Rhinelander must have reasonably known of Jones’s mixed
heritage. In a move that can only be described as grossly
demeaning, Jones was ordered to strip off her clothes so the jury could determine if
she was to be considered “colored.” They ruled in Jones’s favor, and the annulment
was denied. Kip’s estate was ordered to pay a yearly allowance
to Alice for the rest of her life. The two never reunited. James Achilles Kirkpatrick and Khair un-Nissa James Kirkpatrick was a high-ranking diplomat
from the East India Company who became captivated by Indo-Persian culture after traveling to
India. He quickly gave up his English habits and
wardrobe and replaced them with Indian style outfits. As he delved deeper and deeper into the culture,
Kirkpatrick converted to Islam and in 1801 married Khair un-Nissa, the teenage granddaughter
of the prime minister of Hyderabad. Local officials only allowed the marriage
on the condition that he “strive for the best interests of the Hyderabadi government.” He accepted the conditions, and the marriage
was done. A public outrage quickly ensued in Calcutta
because the marriage was interracial. Upon hearing of the scandal, newly appointed
governor of India Lord Rickard Wessesley summoned Kirkpatrick to Calcutta, where he was reprimanded
and dismissed from his position. He went on to have two children with his wife. A few years later, Kirkpatrick decided his
children should be sent to England for schooling and to receive Christian names. They never returned to India. Tragically, James didn’t make it back to
town to bid his children goodbye. Immediately after they left, he came down
with a fever and died. Khair un-Nissa would die of natural causes
only a few years later. Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray In spite of the increased acceptance of interracial
marriage across the United States, Bill de Blasio, elected Mayor of New York in 2013,
is the first white official to be elected into a major office with a black spouse by
his side. McCray is expected to play a major role in
de Blasio’s administration. While polls show that interracial marriages
across the United States are increasingly accepted, some disapproval is still overt:
A 2013 Cheerios ad featuring the biracial family sparked so many racist remarks on Youtube
that comments had to be disabled. Many celebrate the de Blasio marriage as another
significant milestone and hope it will help combat the racism that still exists in a country
constantly striving to uphold its cornerstone value of equality. Thanks so much for watching. Comment blow, which couple’s story did you
enjoy hearing the most? See you in my next video. (See quote of the day in next screen)

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  • When we think about history, a lot of us focus on segregation and colonization, but these couples show us that love will make it no matter the circumstance. In today's video we are talking about Interracial Relationships that Changed History.

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  • Love this history narration. I want to visit the Lovings historical home.

  • Very informative (as well as interesting) featurette.

  • They are all good. Love conquers all

  • Interesting!!!!

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