The Supreme Court: Strict Caution on Miscegenation

The door was wide open. When it ruled on the case of McLaughlin v. Florida, the Supreme Court could easily have ruled on the constitutionality of all miscegenation laws in the 19 states where they still exist. But strictly speaking, Connie Hoffman, who is a white woman, and Dewey McLaughlin, who is a Honduran hotel worker, had been convicted of only one form of miscegenation. They had violated a Florida law forbidding an unmarried couple of different races to "habitually live in and occupy in the nighttime the same room." And the court, so often decried as a ruthless...

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