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Friday, November 11, 2022

On this date in 1881, a racist cartoon called “A Statue for Our Harbor” was spread nationwide to denigrate Chinese immigrants and fuel anti-Asian hate and bigotry. The cartoon depicted a Chinese person standing in the middle of the harbor, wearing tattered clothes, smoking an opium pipe, with rates around the pedestal where he stood. Rays of light coming from him say “filth”, “immorality”, “diseases” and “ruin to White labor”.