In article <e2lo9.120046$S32.8304397 at news2.west.cox.net>,
John Knight <jwknight at polbox.com> wrote:
>>This is typical of the STUPIDITY of jews.
>>You jews are so STUPID that you "think" our courts define scientific or
>social or cultural classifications, but that our scientists don't.
In its first words on the subject of citizenship, Congress in
1790 restricted naturalization to "white persons." Though the
requirements for naturalization changed frequently thereafter,
this racial prerequisite to citizenship endured for over a century
and a half, remaining in force until 1952. From the earliest
years of this country until just a generation ago, being a "white
person" was a condition for acquiring citizenship.
...a number of cases construing the "white person" prerequisite reached
the highest state and federal judicial circles, and two were
argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1920s. These
cases produced illuminating published decisions that document
the efforts of would-be citizens from around the world to establish
their Whiteness at law. Applicants from Hawaii, China, Japan,
Burma, and the Philippines, as well as all mixed-race applicants,
failed in their arguments. Conversely, courts ruled that applicants
from Mexico and Armenia were "white," but vacillated over the
Whiteness of petitioners from Syria, India, and Arabia. Seen as
a taxonomy of Whiteness, these cases are instructive because they
reveal the imprecisions and contradictions inherent in the
establishment of racial lines between White and non-Whites. . .
John will no doubt stay awake at night wondering how Jews got
citizenship between 1790 and 1952.