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According to Our HeartsRhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family$
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Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166828

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166828.001.0001

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Understanding the Black and White of Love

Understanding the Black and White of Love

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According to Our Hearts

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Yale University Press

This chapter presents background information for the understanding of the joint role of law and social norms in creating the ideal family as monoracial. This is achieved by exploring the Rhinelander case's basic lessons about the so-called black and white, or ranking of love, not just along racial lines, but also across the constructions of gender. It then exposes the assumptions on how law adequately protects interracial, heterosexual couples by showing how law and society work together in making a both legal and social placelessness for multiracial families and the individuals within them. It also presents the holes in social and legal protections for individuals and families that exist in the intersection of race and family.

Keywords:   law, society, interracial couples, individuals, legal protections

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