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Chinese Exclusion Act

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What are your thoughts on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882? This law banned the immigration of Chinese people from the United States. This made Chinese people the only people not allowed to immigrate to the United States. I for one think it's a part of our history that we should not be so proud of. What's your take on this?


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Agreed that the exclusion was nothing to be proud of, but at that time in history Progressivism and eugenics were beginning to raise their ugly heads and Asians were an easy target.
 

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It was largely labor protectionism.
 

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It was largely labor protectionism.
It is now, with the unions keeping the legal immigration numbers down, but unions didn't have that kind of power back in the nineteenth century and the employers sure weren't going to discourage cheap labor.

Progressives have always been extremely elitist, and in the early days the elitism took the form of a very severe racism. Progressives like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (long before they took office as president) were extremely concerned with protecting the purity of the white race, and didn't want to open the country up to another threat.
 

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Progressives like Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson (long before they took office as president) were extremely concerned with protecting the purity of the white race,........
Really? You have credible evidence that they were "extremely concerned with protecting purity of the white race"? If so, I'd very much like to see it. I realize that many racially disciminatory remarks can be attributed to Roosevelt, but the man ended school segregation as governor of NewYork, appointed many Blacks to Federal positions as president, and invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House - hardly the actions of a white supremacist "extremely concerned with protecting white purity." Bottom line is that his views were simply indicative of the times into which he was born/lived. He was, after all, born when the "peculiar institution" was still in full swing. :shrug:
 

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:shrug: My country had a similar thing (though we were more subtle, but not just limited to Chinese) it's not out of the ordinary, it regrettable, and nothing to be proud of, but it was the way things were.
 

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It was a mistake, especially considering our roots as a nation of immigrants. On the other hand, it's a mistake we stopped making a long time ago.
 
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