March 18's Fact of the Week

tumblr_lmo3uytWiZ1qbxihno1_500 Loving v. Virginia was a landmark civil rights case that invalidated the decades of anti-miscegenation laws that previously prohibited interracial marriages. For a long time, Asian Americans couldn’t interracially marry (for the most part either labeled as “Mongolians” or “Malay”) and many stigmatized them for engaging in interracial relationships. Many times, those that found themselves in love with someone from another racial category were persecuted by their own community, harassed, beaten, and even murdered, because a lot of people felt that Asian Americans represented afactual threats to white racial purity and sanctity of traditional marriage.