Banned Love: Trump, Pocahantas and the Lovings

Rosen, David
Date Written:  2017-06-16
Publisher:  Counterpunch
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21001

The author looks at the history of interracial relationships, from thier legalization 50 years ago, to their future during the Trump administration.



Rolfe argued that his marriage to Pocahontas would be a form of spiritual redemption. It would save her from evil: "for the converting to the true knowledge of God and Jesus Christ an unbelieving creature, namely Pocahontas." Finally, he pointed out the alliance would strengthen the political relations between the settlers and the Powhatan people.

Following Pocahontas's death, the inherent tensions between the ever-growing numbers of settlers and the Powhatan people broke out into open warfare that lasted from 1622 to 1646. It was a period in which social relations, let alone sexual unions, became more and more difficult to achieve. In the end, the Powhatan's people were decimated and a form of colonization was established that defined the dominant white culture's relations to the Native peoples for the next two centuries.

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