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As a young man Ben Franklin thought that abut Germans, who were in his eyes lazy, stupid, and unassimilable. According to Franklin, they were also mostly not white. He described them as “swarthy.”

The Irish were considered similarly by many not so long ago.

In King’s case, being Irish and German, at least one of these people has proven the case of those who argued against the desirability of German and Irish immigration.

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