Danger Ace wrote:
Also there have always been inter-racial relationships and marriages throughout the US and world history. Sometimes there were problems because of it, sometimes there weren't. Some folks actually didn't care. Then again, even today some can get hard looks.
Interracial marriage was criminalized
in a large number of US states until 1967, when it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Here's a map showing when each state repealed the laws: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US_miscegenation.svg
The fact that the kiss happened in 1968, one year after the ruling, is pretty damn remarkable in my opinion, regardless of if it was forced.