Opposition to miscegenation, framed as preserving so-called racial purity , is a typical theme of racial supremacist movements. Although the term "miscegenation" was formed from the Latin miscere "to mix" plus genus "race" or "kind", and it could therefore be perceived as value-neutral, it is almost always a pejorative term used by people who believe in [ citation needed ] racial superiority and purity. In Spanish America, the term mestizaje , which is derived from mestizo —the blending of European whites and indigenous peoples of the Americas , is used to refer to the production of offspring by people considered to be of different racial types. In the present day, the word miscegenation is avoided by many scholars, because the term suggests that race is a concrete biological phenomenon, rather than a categorization imposed on certain relationships.
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Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare 's Othello , a play concerning an interracial couple. Interracial marriage occurs when two people of differing racial groups marry , often creating multiracial children. This is a form of exogamy marrying outside of one's social group and can be seen in the broader context of miscegenation mixing of different racial groups in marriage, cohabitation, or sexual relations. In the Western world certain jurisdictions have had regulations banning or restricting interracial marriage in the past, including Germany during the Nazi period, South Africa under apartheid , and many states in the United States prior to the Supreme Court's ruling in Loving v. In both Nazi Germany and certain American states, such laws have been linked to eugenics programs . In many Arabic nations, laws and customs continue to exist which revoke the civil rights of women who marry men not native to the woman's country of birth, or to men who are non- Muslim in particular. Women who follow through on this choice run a high risk of being subjected to honor killings by male family members.
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Today marks the 48 th anniversary of the U. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia , which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states.