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Benjamin Franklin on Immigration (1751):

[W]hy should the Palatine Boors be suffered to swarm into our Settlements and, by herding together, establish their Language and Manners, to the Exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them, and will never adopt our Language or Customs any more than they can acquire our Complexion?

Which leads me to add one Remark, that the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny; Asia chiefly tawny; America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians, and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who, with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we, in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? Why increase the Sons of Africa, by planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for such Kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.
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meJess · F
Those notes with his face on are popular
TheArbitrator · 31-35, M
[@8367,meJess] I'm sure he'd be highly upset if he knew his face was being slapped against 'tawny' asses in the strip club.
Amazing polymath. Genius.
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Yet Franklin was all for converting America to French culture. He considered them to be the most civilized, even though 'swarthy'.
TheArbitrator · 31-35, M
[@1183899,Nightly] He loved those French prostitutes.
The “Founding Fathers” were largely white supremacists. None of that surprises me.
Sidewinder · 31-35, M
[@328496,bijouxbroussard] That fact hardly surprises me, either.

Also, in those times, and well into the early to mid 20th century, there were many prominent people throughout history that were either racist, or even into eugenics.

And not just politicians, but poets, philosophers, scientists, writers and even musicians were among those particular types.
Iwashere2 · 36-40, M
Some people are still stuck in that era. Even if they hate admitting it
He was a product of his generation. As was Washington, Jefferson, Adams, etc. It's not as if they founded this country because they cared about their fellow man. They were older rich white men who wanted to govern themselves. Nothing has changed here except the push back is growing stronger.
Ynotisay · M
This is one section from a lengthy observation on immigration and trade from those seeking to distance themselves from British rule. Pretty clear to see that perceptions 250 years ago weren't influenced by the same things they are today.
I guess we should feel lucky that when the framers decided how this country would operate they didn't take the steps Franklin seemed to be proposing. Other than, obviously, not counting slaves as 'full' people.
ozgirl512 · 26-30, F
The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there ...
[@516864,ozgirl512] That is very true. But some things weren’t as different as people like to think. Those who were scorned and subjugated resented it even then, as evidenced by the incidents of “insurrection”. And those who didn’t fight back went into survival mode with the hope that things would improve.

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