Two years ago, photographer Donna Pinckley took a portrait of a young woman with her African-American boyfriend. Afterwards, Donna chatted with the subject's mother in the kitchen, where she was told of the cruel taunts hurled at her daughter for dating a boy of another race.
"What struck me was the resilience of both couples in the face of derision," says Donna, "their refusal to let others define them."
Photographing mainly in Arkansas, but also in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Donna began taking portraits of interracial couples of all ages. Here is her photo project Sticks and Stones.