Love is free. When we love, we don’t make distinctions. Love turns things like skin color insignificant, but humanity doesn’t always see it that way. Here are 3 interracial couples that showed us love doesn’t have a color.
The love between two people can make history, destroy stereotypes, and break any barrier. Love is pure and honest, and when we love, we love regardless of gender or skin color, making every couple unique.
Prejudice is found in every subject under the sun, and relationships are no different. Interracial love especially has met with fierce criticism and discrimination from those who don’t agree or understand. From that love have grown some truly remarkable love stories, each making history in their own right by showing the world love does not follow stereotypes.
1: Mildred & Richard Loving Showed Love Doesn’t Have a Color
The Lovings are not only a beautiful love story, but a couple that made history in America. The couple first met when Mildred was eleven and Richard was seventeen. He was a family friend, and they grew up in a mixed community.
It wasn’t until years later that Richard, who was of Irish and English descent, married Mildred, an Indian woman. After several years of dating and falling in love, this interracial couple had to travel to Washington DC to get married because, in 1958, it was the only state where interracial marriage was legal.
After the couple got married, they had to stay and make a life in Washington by order of the court. They missed their hometown, so the couple defied the court’s order, and moved back to Virginia with their children. There they had to live under the pressure of not being seen together.
On the night of July 11 of 1958, after just five weeks of marriage, they were arrested for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act. Richard spent one night in jail and had to pay a $1,000 bond. Mildred, because of her skin color, wasn’t allowed to a bond and spent three nights at a small prison jail.
After the interracial couple pled guilty, the presiding judge gave them an option: they could either be being exiled from Virginia or go to prison. The couple decided to leave Virginia, where they spent nine years away from home. This interracial couple showed their love was true and strong and stuck together despite overwhelming odds.
2: Bill De Blasio & Chirlane McCray Showed Love Doesn’t Have a Color
Bill De Blasio and Chirlane McCray are an interesting and powerful interracial couple. The De Blasios are the first family of New York City, and Bill De Blasio has been the Mayor since 2013. He has been in the world of politics since 2002, while his wife, Chirlane, is a writer, editor, and activist.
The De Blasio couple met in 1991, when they both worked at New York City Hall for Mayor David Dinkins. Bill was an aide, and Chirlane McCray was a speechwriter.
Chirlane McCray shared that she used to identify as a lesbian before meeting Bill. When this interracial couple met, they fell in love, and Chirlane married the love of her life in 1994. Since then, the couple has had two children and continue to work together. Chirlane has been described as Bill De Blasio closest advisor and confidant, making them one of the most successful power couples in history.
3: Seretse Khama & Ruth Williams Showed Love Doesn’t Have a Color
This interracial couple has face faced a great deal of controversy throughout their modern love story. Seretse Khama was an African prince, born to become the king of his country. Before assuming the throne, he went to study Law at Oxford University in 1946.
While in Great Britain, the African Prince found love when, in 1947, Seretse was introduced by his friend to Ruth Williams. Ruth was a white middle-class employee at Lloyd’s of London. After meeting, the couple fell in love and started an interracial relationship. The Prince decided not to return to his home country to marry someone from his ethnicity and changed the course of history with his love story.
The interracial couple married just a year into their relationship and had to face many prejudices and discriminations. Skin color was still an issue in London, so the couple was seen as sinful by the church, and they faced many obstacles imposed by the church to get married.
After getting married, the couple became an international controversy. Especially in South Africa, where interracial marriages were prohibited. Seretse ended up being exiled from his own native country for six years, but the love the couple shared was stronger than any prejudice of color. They remained together and changed history through their interracial love.
These are just three of the many interracial couples of the world whose love changed the world. They loved regardless of race and faced every obstacle they came across together, proving love has no color. Do you have a favorite interracial love story? Please share it in the comments below!