According to Our HeartsRhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family

According to Our HeartsRhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780300166828

Publisher: Yale University Press

Abstract

This book looks at what it means to be a multiracial couple in the United States today. It begins with a look back at a 1925 case in which a two-month marriage ends with a man suing his wife for misrepresentation of her race, and shows how our society has yet to come to terms with interracial marriage. The book examines this issue by drawing from a variety of sources, including personal experiences. It argues that housing law, family law, and employment law fail, in important ways, to protect multiracial couples. In a society in which marriage is used to give, withhold, and take away status—in the workplace and elsewhere—the book says interracial couples are at a disadvantage, which is only exacerbated by current law.