Mr. Ashley, as I write is replying to a remark which was made by the poetical gentleman from Nevada, (Mr. Barton) who expressed himself in favor of disarming "Greasers."The term "greaser" is commonly used throughout this period to describe Mexicans, and the reporter's reference to State Senator Barton as "poetical" while putting "Greasers" in quotes makes it pretty clear the contempt that he feels for Barton.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Racism & Weapons Control
I am reading through the first attempt to ban concealed carry in California, in the 1850s. Even with the prevailing racist sentiment, reporters managed to express their disapproval of the most grossly appalling expressions: