"It was represented to me that the Filipino will not work; that even when willing he can not work adequately; that increase of wages merely enables him to enjoy more idleness, and that the introduction of Chinese labor would act as a stimulus and by competition compel him to work. I even met Americans (I am ashamed to say) who, in their impatience at the slow-going Filipino, struck him or abused him with violent language, and boldly declared that the only thing to do is to exterminate him like the American Indian, replace him by Chinese, and develop the country...
My professed friendship for the Filipinos and my indignation at such un-American conduct on the part of not a few of my fellowcountrymen compelled me to study this problem..."
David H. Doherty, 1904