Sharon Davisson: Statue sends the wrong message
August 14, 2018
I strongly oppose the placement of a life-sized statue of Aaron Sargent at the convergence of East and West Broad Street in Nevada City.
While I appreciate Ellen Clark Sargent and Aaron Sargent's contributions to our country's 19th amendment, I find the racist biases demonstrated by Aaron Sargent in his role as U.S. representative to be reprehensible.
In 1871 he lobbied for the end of treaty-making rights of Indian tribes. He exhibited biased and fallacious reasoning when he stated that "Eighty or hundred years ago, perhaps when there were great confederated nations upon our borders . . . we might treaty with them." But now, he stated, Indian tribes were "simply … not independent nations with whom we are to treat as our equals." One wonders if he contemplated why there was a devastation of these "great confederated nations."
Additionally, Aaron Sargent supported the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 which was the first significant law restricting immigration into our country.