14 - the “dangerous seeds of discontent and hatred.”...

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AMST In “The Myth of Yellow Peril,” Frederick Douglass, one of leading abolitionist and human rights activist of the 19th century, addresses the issue of whether the United States is better or worse off if its citizens are people of different races. Douglass believes that “a combination of races is always superior to any individual one” He notes that the US government has not understood this reality and has built its immigration policy around race. In doing so, it has denied the nation the “wisdom” of different cultures. He concludes that the US has only one criterion for granting basic human rights, ethnic background. Douglass notes that the US has already excluded Negroes and Indians from the political and social system sowing within them
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Unformatted text preview: the “dangerous seeds of discontent and hatred.” Douglass observes that white Americans have turned on another ethnic group “Chinamen.” California, in particular, has “assumed a bitterly unfriendly attitude toward the Chinamen.” Douglass rejects this attitude. He points out that only one-fifth of the world is white and it would be a “sad reflection upon the laws of nature and upon the idea of justice to say nothing of a common Creator, if four-fifths of mankind were deprived of the rights of migration to make room for the one-fifth.” Moreover, he asserts that the only way that the United States can realize its great destiny is by honoring its founding principles of justice, liberty and equality....
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