Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his journal on 23 May 1846, observes:

If I were a member of the Massachusetts legislature, I should propose to exempt all colored citizens from taxation because of the inability of the government to protect them by passport out of its territory. It does not give the value for which they pay the tax.

(cf. RalphWaldoEmerson (5 Aug 2003), ...)

TopicLiterature - TopicSociety - TopicJustice - 2007-06-13

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