“Diversity Before Diversity”

Steve Sailer brings up a very interesting concept:  various Indian tribes were feared up until the early 1900s, and yet Robert L. Owen could be named Senator.  As Sailer notes, this behavior strikes a blow against the notion that white-black bigotry was hate-based, given that whites tended to hate and fear Indians far more than blacks.

Bonus question:  would the attitude of Americans vis-a-vis Japanese during the 1940s versus, say, the 1970s be relevant to this?

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