17 August 2010

10 Historical Anti-Immigrant Quotes That Sound ... Familiar

Yesterday's Catholics, Jews, Germans, Chinese, etc., are today's Latino/as, Muslims, etc. The Yellow Peril or Anti-Semitism of yesteryear is today's Islamophobia. History is destined to repeat itself unless we learn from it to improve ourselves as a nation and people.

10 Historical Anti-Immigrant Quotes That Sound ... Familiar (Change.org)

Excerpts:
2. We should build a wall of brass around the country.
- John Jay, first chief justice of Supreme Court, regarding “Catholic alien invaders,” 1750s

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3. What means the paying of the passage and emptying out upon our shores such floods of pauper emigrants — the contents of the poor house and the sweepings of the streets? — multiplying tumults and violence, filling our prisons, and crowding our poor-houses, and quadrupling our taxation, and sending annually accumulating thousands to the poll to lay their inexperienced hand upon the helm of our power?
- Lyman Beecher, Leader of the Second Great Awakening, on English immigrants, 1834

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5. Standing behind them are Christian employers of this land, who would rather import heathen willing to work for barely enough to sustain life than retain a brother Christian at a wage sufficient to live as becomes a Christian. We do not want Opium or the Chinese who grow it.
- Terence Powderly, Irish-American labor leader, 1892
Link: 10 Historical Anti-Immigrant Quotes That Sound ... Familiar (Change.org)


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