Racism in dating world
There was an increase in the sense of white dominance and sexual racism among the Southern people.There were general heightened tensions following the end of the failed civil war in 1865, and this increased the sexual anxiety in the population.Although discrimination among partners based on this perceived racial identity is characterized by some as a form of racism, it is presented as a matter of preference by others.
There was a widely held belief that uncontrollable lust threatens the purity of the nation.
This increased white anxiety about interracial sex, and has been described through Montesquieu's climatic theory in his book the Spirit of the Laws, which explains how people from different climates have different temperaments, "The inhabitants of warm countries are, like old men, timorous; the people in cold countries are, like young men, brave." This idea stemmed from the first encounters between European men and African women.
As the men were not used to the extremely hot climate they misinterpreted the women's lack of clothing for vulgarity.
The prevalence of interracial couples demonstrate how attitudes have changed in the last 50 years.
A case that has perhaps received heightened publicity is that of Mildred and Richard Loving.