Until recently, neither the Indian nor the negro has been treated as a part of the body politic. Already has she driven them from her altars of justice.
To the Jew, every one not circumcised is a gentile. It is natural to ride on horseback, shall men therefore refuse stream and rail. Thus what would seem to belong to the whole, would become the property only of a part.
To the pulpit it will be the hand of Providence, and bring about the time of the universal dominion of the Christian religion. To the Mahometan, every man not believing in the prophet, is a kaffe. As these are rich and varied, or poor and simple, slender and feeble, broad and strong, so will be the life and destiny of the nation itself.
In Wales, and in the Highlands of Scotland, the boast is made of their pure blood and that they were never conquered, but no man can contemplate them without wishing they had been conquered. They will withdraw their eyes from the glowing west and fix them upon the rising sun.
The conclusion of the whole will be that they will want to come to us, and as we become more liberal, we shall want them to come, and what we want will normally be done. The ancient Briton whom Julius Caesar would not have a slave, is not to be compared with the round, burly, a[m]plitudinous Englishman in many of the qualities of desirable manhood.
I need not repeat here the multitude of reproachful epithets expressive of the same sentiment among ourselves.
At this point I have one certain test,—mankind are not held together by lies. There are such things in the world as human rights. They are industrious, docile, cleanly, frugal; they are dexterous of hand, patient in toil, marvelously gifted in the power of imitation, and have but few wants.
As to the superstitious attachment of the Chinese to China, that, like all other superstitions, will dissolve in the light and heat of truth and experience.
The Chinaman is a different article and will want the cash. If the white race may exclude all other races from this continent, it may rightfully do the same in respect to all other lands, islands, capes and continents, and thus have all the world to itself.
Man is man, the world over. Its strength lies in their friendship and cheerful support in every time of need, and that policy is a mad one which would reduce the number of its friends by excluding those who would come, or by alienating those who are already here.
As these are rich and varied, or pure and simple, slender and feeble, broad and strong, so will be the life and destiny of the nation itself. This is the last objection which should come from those who profess the all-conquering power of the Christian religion.
We shall mold them all, each after his kind, into Americans; Indian and Celt; negro and Saxon; Latin and Teuton; Mongolian and Caucasian; Jew and Gentile; all shall here bow to the same law, speak the same language, support the same Government, enjoy the same liberty, vibrate with the same national enthusiasm, and seek the same national ends.
We swear by a book whose most authoritative command is to swear not at all. I submit that this question of Chinese immigration should be settled upon higher principles than those of a cold and selfish expediency.
It may be admitted that these reasons, and others, may check and moderate the tide of immigration; but it is absurd to think that they will do more than this. Should it not attend to the dictates of common sense. Such contact would remove mountains of prejudice. They however have a right to be impatient and indignant at those among ourselves who turn the most hopeful portents into omens of disaster, and make themselves the ministers of despair, when they should be those of hope, and help cheer on the country in the new grand career of justice upon which it has now so nobly and bravely entered.
None of our children are in Chinese schools, and probably never will be, though in some things they might well teach us valuable lessons. It was not the Ethiopian as a man, but the Ethiopian as a slave and a covetted [sic] article of merchandise, that gave us trouble. Whether man originated at one time and one place; whether there was one Adam or five, or five hundred, does not affect the question.
He will not be long in finding out that a country that is good enough to live in is good enough to die in, and that a soil that was good enough to hold his body while alive, will be good enough to hold his bones when he is dead.
In one race we perceive the predominance of imagination; in another, like the Chinese, we remark its almost total absence. I answer, I would. > Frederick Douglass > Our Composite Nationality Print This Page.
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