Bon Mots of History

Were the Chinese to amalgamate at all with our people, it would be the lowest, most vile and degraded of our race, and the result of that amalgamation would be a hybrid of the most despicable, a mongrel of the most detestable that has ever afflicted the earth.

– John F. Miller, a white politician, in 1878; quoted by Ron Takaki (Takaki, Ron; Strangers from a Different Shore. p 101-102)

When politicians seize on public opinion to keep their offices, the best of human nature really comes out. The quote above, for instance, which describes the children of interracial marriages, specifically Chinese and white.


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