East Indian Documents - Public Disgrace




Bellingham Herald Sept. 5, 1907, p.4 (Editorial)

A Public Disgrace

    There is but one view to take of the anti-Hindu riots in Bellingham last night. No amount of specious argument will justify the acts of the mobs. They played the past of lawless citizens and should be dealt with accordingly – should have been dealt with accordingly last night and doubtless would have been had the police force been strong enough to rise to the occasion. … Punishment should be sharp and sure…
    The Hindu is not a good citizen. It would require centuries to assimilate him, and this country need not take the trouble. Our racial burdens are already heavy enough to bear. …Our cloak of brotherly love is not large enough to include him as a member of the body politic. His ways are not our ways; he is not adaptable, and will not in many generations make a good American citizen. Moreover he is not even a good workman…
    But such exhibition of man’s inhumanity to man as that of last night should not be tolerated. Such lawlessness is an outrage upon American decency…
    Were the officers in sympathy with the rioters? If not, why did they not attempt to cope with the situation? …
    The uncontrollable riots may mean an end of the Hindu in this community, but the end does not justify the means employed. The prompt and fearless action of the mayor may in a measure remove the stain upon the community, but it cannot wholly do so. A Mob of hoodlums has disgraced the town, and it is deplorable that some law-abiding citizens regard it as a joke.