The Pocahontas Exception

The racial integrity Act made it illegal for white people to marry people of color. The loop hole of this act was the fact that American Indians were considered white, which allowed them to marry other white people and allowed them privileges of a white person. the 1924 Integrity Act specifies those as “‘White’ as ‘one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian and having no other non-Caucasic blood'” (p. 354). This led to the “Pocahontas Exception” , which allowed interracial couples children to be seen legally as White. This was named after the Pocahontas and John Rolfe relationship. The article focuses on the history and the results of Virginias “Pocahontas Exception” as well as analyzing Loving v. Virginia court case.

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