Times Editorial on the ‘Japanese Menace,’ March 16, 1920
March 16, 1920: Unfortunately, this editorial is nearly impossible to read, but it’s worth the struggle. I rarely republish The Times’ old editorials because they are usually an embarrassment (the U.S. doesn’t need a federal anti-lynching law, don’t accept European refugees fleeing the Nazis, etc.), but this one is worth noting.
“City populations through the country are crying about the scarcity of foodstuffs, the undesirable quality and the almost prohibitory high prices. Agricultural experts have estimated that at least one-fourth the fertile land in the United States will not be farmed during the coming season, despite the high prices for products.”
On the jump: "Getting rid of half the present Japanese population would be cheap at almost any price."