100 Years of American Fear

From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the Patriot Act, here's what a century of government discrimination in America looks like. When U.S. lawmakers and presidential candidates blame Muslims in response to violent events it may seem shocking — but it’s not so unusual. Over the past 100 years, in moments of political crisis or fear, the U.S. government has often engaged in fearmongering. U.S. lawmakers have passed laws targeting specific groups which they deemed a threat to national cohesion or security so often that we decided to chose one group per decade that was specifically targeted. (Disclaimer: this is not an exhaustive list, and we do not mean to imply that discrimination against these particular groups was limited to a single decade. We do hope these examples lead to further... read more
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