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.Around a similar time was the controversy surrounding Seretse and Ruth Khama.
Races did not want to mix, the whites were feeling inadequate and wanted to take back control.
This led to them taking out their frustration on the black population.
This radical reconstruction of the South was deeply unpopular and slowly unravelled leading to the introduction of the Jim Crow laws.
It is the discrimination between potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity.
However, not everyone agrees that this should be classified as racism, some argue that distinguishing among partners on the basis of perceived race is not racism at all but a justifiable personal preference.