More recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported in 2011 that a neo-Nazi skinhead plead guilty to firebombing the home of an interracial couple in Arkansas.Jason Walter Barnwell, described as the leader of a “combat division” of a neo-Nazi group, was arrested by the FBI and indicted by a grand jury for the January 2011 firebombing in Hardy, Ark.S., but in many communities Jim Crow-era discrimination continues to follow families decades after state anti-miscegenation laws were declared unconstitutional.A 2012 poll of likely Republican voters surveyed in Mississippi found that 29 percent believe interracial marriage should be illegal.The laws may have changed and 46 years have passed, but in some communities, the experience of Mildred and Richard Loving remains a day-to-day reality.In the quiet town of Church Point, Louisiana, population 4,700, the Colomb family has faced decades of discrimination from the police, the Klu Klux Klan and White neighbors.Many African-American Church Point residents claim that town officials had invited Duke in direct response to the homecoming scandal.The Colombs say that the threats and intimidation have continued steadily since that time.
The landmark case that helped to change laws across the country involved Mildred Delores Loving, a woman of African-American and Native American descent who was in a relationship with Richard Perry Loving, a White man. Supreme Court declared the charges against the couple unconstitutional in the landmark Loving v.
Similarly, 21 percent of likely GOP voters polled in Alabama believe that interracial marriage should be illegal.
Although interracial relationships have been a reality since the beginnings of the U.
From the beginning, there were holes in the prosecution’s story.
According to authorities, an undercover informant wearing a wire had purchased cocaine the from Colombs, although no recording was ever produced during the trial.
The couple, a Black man and a White woman, safely fled their burning home after awakening to the sound of breaking glass when burning Molotov cocktails were thrown through their living room window.