Jim Crow & Immigration Restrictions

Bryan Caplan brings forth more of his uncomfortable examples of cognitive dissonance. In this case, if you support immigration restrictions, shouldn’t you logically also support Jim Crow laws?

You could object that our moral obligations to citizens are far higher than our moral obligations to foreigners.  But that’s hardly satisfactory.  After all, the essence of the segregationist position was the American blacks were not fully-fledged  American citizens.  Imagine that instead of abolishing Jim Crow laws, the American public had resolved its cognitive dissonance by simultaneously (a) stripping blacks of their citizenship, and (b) declaring that “All citizens are entitled to equal treatment.”  Would that have made the Jim Crow laws any less reprehensible?


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