Explain this editorial from the NY Evening Post newspaper. "Now we ask, whether any man can coolly contemplate the idea of recalling our troops from the [Mexican] territory we at present occupy...and...resign this beautiful country to the custody of the ignorant cowards and profligate ruffians who have ruled it for the last twenty-five years? Why humanity cries out against it. Civilization and Christianity protest against this reflux of the tide of barbarism and anarchy." (NY Evening Post) Explain this editorial from the NY Evening Post newspaper.

This notorious editorial from a leading American newspaper equates Mexicans with Native-Americans. According to the man who wrote it, William Cullen Bryant, Mexicans are racially inferior and, like Native-Americans, must therefore be enlightened by the white man. As such, American troops must not leave Mexico as the natives are incapable of running their own affairs.

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In this 1847 editorial from the New York Evening Post William Cullen Bryant expresses the racism and white supremacy that was prevalent at the time. He argues that American troops should remain in the territory currently occupied in Mexico as part of the Mexican-American War. This is because, according to Bryant, Mexicans are at the same cultural level as Native-Americans. And just as the Native-American is in need of the white man's civilizing influence, so too is the Mexican.

That being the case, Bryant argues that it would be insane even to consider American withdrawal from the occupied territories of Mexico. The United States represents the forces of Civilization and Christianity, whereas Mexico represents barbarism and anarchy. Therefore, if American troops were to withdraw from Mexico, then the native people, unable to rule themselves, would quickly lapse into ungovernable chaos.

In his demonization of Mexicans, Bryant doesn't hold back. As well as representing the forces of barbarism and anarchy, he alleges that they are also "ignorant cowards" and "profligate ruffians" who are unfit to govern their own country. The assumption here, both racist and xenophobic, is that Mexicans lack that unique capacity for self-government which the vast majority of white people at that time believed was their birthright.

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