Monday, June 18, 2018

"The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction"

Going through my books, I came across "The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction."

In September 1904, New York City nuns brought forty Irish orphans to Clifton-Morenci Arizona, to be placed with Catholic families, who were overwhelmingly of Mexican extraction. To the town's Anglos, placing a white child with a Mexican family was tantamount to child abuse. Furious at this "interracial" transgression, they formed a vigilante squad that kidnapped the children and nearly lynched the nuns and the local priest. The Catholic Church sued to get its wards back, but all the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, ruled in favor of the vigilantes.

Kidnapping children is what racist Anglos do. Circumstances might change, but the basic patterns of history repeat themselves.

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