By Angela Onwuachi-Willig
This landmark ebook appears at what it capacity to be a multiracial couple within the usa this present day. According to Our Hearts starts with a glance again at a 1925 case during which a two-month marriage ends with a guy suing his spouse for misrepresentation of her race, and exhibits how our society has but to return to phrases with interracial marriage. Angela Onwuachi-Willig examines the difficulty by way of drawing from quite a few resources, together with her personal studies. She argues that housing legislation, kinfolk legislation, and employment legislation fail, in vital methods, to guard multiracial undefined. In a society within which marriage is used to offer, withhold, and remove status—in the office and elsewhere—she says interracial are at a drawback, that is purely exacerbated through present legislations.
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Additionally, I must thank several institutions, which hosted lectures, workshop presentations, and conference presentations where attendees helped me to strengthen this book through questions and comments. These institutions are the Emerging Family Law Scholars Workshop (at the University of Colorado School of Law); the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference (at the University of South Carolina School of Law); the University of Houston Law Center Speakers Colloquium; the Law and History Colloquium at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law; the Race, Law, and Socioeconomic Class Conference at the University of California, Irvine School of Law; the Iowa Legal Studies Workshop; the Lutie A.
Finally, this chapter details how the verdict was, in addition to being a victory, also a loss for racial equality. ”53 The second part of According to Our Hearts utilizes facts from the Rhinelander case as a springboard for analyzing the contemporary legal and social challenges that black-white couples and their families face in society. In particular, this part of the book examines how race, racism, and law work together to define the normative ideal of family as monoracial (and heterosexual) through an examination of general prejudice against interracial couples, in particular, black-white couples; the challenges posed to interracial couples through the language of housing discrimination and other antidiscrimination statutes; discrimination by association cases in the employment arena; the regulation and legally facilitated use of race in adoption cases; and the determinations of racial identity in a wide variety of cases.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction PART ONE 1 A Beautiful Affair 2 Openings and a Closing: Shutting the Door on Reconciliation 3 Testimonies 4 A Verdict against the Heart PART TWO 5 Understanding the Black and White of Love 6 Living in Placelessness 7 Collective Discrimination 8 Reflections in Black and White, and Where We Go from Here Afterword Notes Index ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I AM GRATEFUL TO SO MANY PEOPLE for their help with this project. I am most grateful to my wonderful family, my husband Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, and our three children, Elijah, Bethany, and Solomon.