Rosina and Leon Watson with their wedding bands in Oakland, California, on June 9, 2017. They were among the first interracial couples to marry in California, 17 years before it was allowed nationwide in a landmark Supreme Court case.

Racism is still a big problem in the US, but this trend offers some hope

Updated 8:56 AM ET, Sun July 3, 2022

(CNN)A White judge tells an interracial couple that "Almighty God" placed the races on different continents because he "did not intend for the races to mix."

A US Senator writes a book about the dangers of interracial unions called, "Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization."
A White father is so disgusted after reading a magazine article on interracial marriage that he writes a letter to the editor saying if his daughter even thought of marrying a Black man, "I would personally kill her and then myself."
These are soundbites from an earlier era, when most White Americans were repulsed by the idea of interracial marriage. It was a time when White judges and politicians talked openly about protecting the "purity and integrity of the white race" and the evils of "race-mixing" and miscegenation -- a pejorative term for intimate relations between people of different races.
That all began to change in June of 1967 when the US Supreme Court unanimously struck down an anti-miscegenation law in the Loving v. Virginia case. The case concerned the marriage between a white man, Richard Loving, and his wife, Mildred Jeter, a woman of Black and Native American ancestry.
Mildred and Richard Loving, seen in January 1965.
The Loving case did more than make interracial marriage legal nationwide -- it helped spark a mini social revolution. When a Gallup poll first asked Americans about their views on marriage between Black and White people in 1958, only 4% approved. Last year,