Interracial Intimacy and the Potential for Social Change

13 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2002

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Stephanie M. Wildman

Santa Clara University - School of Law; The Writers Grotto

Date Written: 2002


In her review essay Interracial Intimacy and the Potential for Social Change, Stephanie Wildman examines Interracial Intimacy: The Regulation of Race and Romance by Rachel F. Moran. Moran's book investigates the so-called private landscape of race in the context of interracial intimacy. Moran urges the connection between our personal, private views of race and racial issues and the policy decisions society makes in the public realm. Moran explores historic antimiscegenation laws and their role in establishing societal norms and customs, the significance of race in daily life, the legal decisions leading to Loving v. Virginia, and the role of race in custody and adoption decisions. Wildman observes that interracial gay and lesbian relationships represent another area usually viewed as private, yet which implicates the societal landscape. Recognition of the public aspect of personal choice is a necessary element in the fight against bias and the movement toward social change.

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Wildman, Stephanie M., Interracial Intimacy and the Potential for Social Change (2002). Available at SSRN: or

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