Anti-miscegenation laws have played a large role in defining racial identity and enforcing the racial hierarchy.The United States has many ethnic and racial groups, and interracial marriage is fairly common among most of them.For example, in 1880, the tenth US Census of Louisiana alone counted 57% of interracial marriages between these Chinese to be with black and 43% to be with white women.It was discovered by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr in the African American Lives documentary miniseries that NASA astronaut Mae Jemison has a significant (above 10%) genetic East Asian admixture.Interracial marriage is a form of marriage outside a specific social group (exogamy) involving spouses who belong to different socially-defined races or racialized ethnicities.In the past, it was outlawed in the United States of America and in South Africa as miscegenation.In Cameron County, 38% of black people were interracially married (7/18 families) while in Hidalgo County the number was 72% (18/25 families).These two counties had the highest rates of interracial marriages involving at least one black spouse in the United States.
Native Americans have the highest interracial marriage rate among all single-race groups.
Yet, there is no evidence that anyone in South Texas was prosecuted for violating this law.
The rates of this interracial marriage dynamic can be traced back to when black men moved into the Lower Rio Grande Valley after the Civil War ended.
It became legal in the entire United States in 1967 when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case Loving v.
Virginia that race-based restrictions on marriages violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.