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Debunking the Un-Fair Campaign Myths – Part 4

Continuing on in this series, let’s examine another racist law found on the AltoArizona website. The Un-Fair Campaign directs the reader there from the “Taking Action” page on their website under “Learn how white privilege has historically disadvantaged people of color.”

1850 Foreign Miners Tax

“This law placed a $20 a month tax on all miners of foreign origin in California. The 1852 version of the law placed a $3 a month tax exclusively for Chinese laborers. Taxes for Chinese steadily increased with ever harsher bills passing the California Legislature and signed into law by then California Governor Bigler. One law passed by the State Legislature and signed by the Governor created a $50 tax per head for Chinese entering Californian ports that was to be paid within three days. Read more