By Alex Pappas
Even though authorities long refused to enforce the law, there was actually a law on the books dating back to the colonial era banning Native Americans from entering the city.
The law was passed in 1675 out of a fear of a “barbarous crew” that would expose the city’s residents “to mischief.”
In 2004, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino called for doing away with the antiquated law.
Still, the Pequots lost. Were Bostonians worried that a few Indians would sneak in and terrorize the city? Setting fires and killing people?
I could see that being an issue for five or 10 years. Then they could've repealed the law. 330 years is a long time to worry about savage Indians.
These days we can't ban Indians (or blacks, Latinos, Muslims, or gays) legally, but we can our best to ostracize them so they'll go away. For examples of this, see Sunday Night Probed Over "Freakshow," Racist "Windian" Poster, and Play Portrays Ishi as Rapist, Murderer.
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