Wednesday, December 26, 2007

On January 17th, 1888, the New York Times carried a "news" article titled "Arabs Not Wanted." It quoted a Collector Magone, and said: "in speaking of this case yesterday, [he] referred to the undesirable character of such immigrants, even if possessed of the means of self-support. The Arabs as a class, he said, were educated to steal, and when they become a part of any community they added just so many to the criminal population. It was their nature to steal an to expeact that every one else would steal if he got the chance...."