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There was an increase in the sense of white dominance and sexual racism among the Southern people.
There were general heightened tensions following the end of the failed civil war in 1865, and this increased the sexual anxiety in the population.
Once married, the pair returned to Virginia, and were both arrested in their home for the infringement of the Racial Integrity Act, and each sentenced to a year in prison.
Sexual racism is the individual's sexual preference of specific races.
It is an inclination towards potential sexual or romantic partners on the basis of perceived racial identity.
There was a rise in lynch mob violence where many black men were accused of rape.
This was not just senseless violence, but an attempt to preserve 'whiteness' and prevent racial blur; the whites wanted to remain dominant and make sure there was no interracial sexual activity.