Once married, the pair returned to Virginia, however in the same year were both arrested in their home for the infringement of the Racial Integrity Act, and each sentenced to a year in prison.
Before the laws were officially abolished in 2000, the couple attempted to quash the charges, however were met with an ultimatum that led to their short-term relocation to avoid further prejudice.
This created tension, as if white men were having sex with black women because they were more lustful, this meant black men would lust after white women in the same way, this threatened the white male dominance that was apparent at the time, increasing the fear of interracial interactions.
There are a few potential reasons as to why such strong ideas on interracial sex developed.
Moreover, this racial discrimination also deviates into the form of the sexual dehumanisation of individuals of other racial identities.
Sharing the basic premise, originating from the 'taboo' nature of interracial relations, individuals of other racial groups are classified as forbidden sexual objects; the result of a racial fetish.
This was not just senseless violence, but an attempt to preserve 'whiteness' and prevent racial blur, the whites wanted to remain dominant and make sure there was no interracial sexual activity.
For example, mixed race couples that chose to live together were sought out and lynched by the KKK.
A case that has perhaps received heightened publicity is that of Mildred and Richard Loving.
The couple lived in Virginia yet had to marry outside the state due to the anti-miscegenation laws present in nearly half of the US states in 1958.
Many whites struggled with this reformation and attempted to find loopholes to continue the exploitation of black labour.