American’s just can’t get along. We hate each other for everything. Thankfully, however, we are slowly getting better about hating one another because of race, gender, sexual orientation and other things that ain’t a choice. But, the problem is that humans are simply PRONE toward hatred and xenophobia.
Here’s an excerpt from a 1921 Atlantic piece by the the Rev. Francis Edward Clark:
Why is it that Indian blood is esteemed so much more desirable than African blood? In many cases both are equally tawny. Yet even society queens, if the newspapers are to be believed, are proud to count their generations back to Pocahontas; while no one could be elected to the upper ten who was a forty seventh cousin to Toussaint l’Ouverture or Booker Washington. …
Then there are all the grades of color between the black and the red (so called, although any ruddy tinge is difficult to discover in the Indian). There is the light yellow grading to dark yellow of China and Japan, the seal brown of Java, the dun brown of the New Hebrides, the ècru of Hawaii; to all of them different degrees of antipathy are manifested on the part of the fair haired and blue eyed races
Read his whole article here. I’ll end with his most important point:
It would seem that most national antipathies are the result of fear, conscious or unconscious, that some race or nation will get the better of us.
Beware, there are parts of his article that are a bit uncomfortable, he was definitely a product of his time. However, I think it is hard to argue with his Evolutionary Psychology-like thesis.