From: Justin Moschetti
Dear editor of The Multiracial Activist:
I am a student at Southern Oregon University. I am doing research for a project about interracial marriage laws in the United States. I am of Sicilian descent, and I remember my mother telling me about how she vaguely recalls reading about a court case in America before interracial marriage laws were struck down. This case involved a couple that was being prosecuted for breaking the interracial marriage laws in their state. One of the spouse members was white and the other was black.
However, the white spouse was Sicilian and somehow was able to use the defense that Sicilian people have a rich ethnic heritage separate from other Italians, which includes African and Arab blood. Even though this ethnic mixing was slight, according to the one drop rule of that time the white spouse was considered black by the court.
My mother’s information about the case “who, what, where, when, etc.” ends there and for a long time I did not believe such a case was possible. However, I mentioned it to someone else once, and they too seemed to vaguely remember hearing that Sicilians were considered multi-ethnic because of the ethnic mixing throughout their history.
I have been searching the internet for any proof of such a case actually existing, but have so far found nothing. When I came upon your website I thought a group with your knowledge about interracial marriage laws and court battles might know what I am talking about.
I appreciate any information you could provide or suggestions of where to look for information. Thank you for your time.
Editor: That’s one case I’m vague about on the details. Perhaps one of this blog’s readers will have that answer for Mr. Moschetti.