Monday, September 28, 2009

The Bizarre Complexity of American Racial Politics

The Daily Mirror finds this tidbit from 1909 in Marshfield, (now Coos Bay) Oregon. Having multiple racial groups whites discriminated against in the same place has often led to them fighting amongst themselves over who was truly at the bottom of the barrel. Blacks fighting to keep their kids out of schools that had Chinese students is a great example of this and also reminds us just how despised Chinese immigrants were in the American West during the mid 19th through early 20th centuries.