Tuesday, November 04, 2008


You may set the Negro free, but you cannot make him otherwise than an alien to the European. Nor is this all we scarcely acknowledge the common features of humanity in this stranger whom slavery has brought among us. His physiognomy is to our eyes hideous, his understanding weak, his tastes low; and we are almost inclined to look upon him as a being intermediate between man and the brutes.
-- Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (1835)

Read, for example, this and this.

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