Diversity Before Diversity: Governor Romualdo Pacheco
Steve Sailer's "Diversity Before Diversity" Series came to mind reading about California governor Romualdo Pacheco, "the only Hispanic or Latino governor in the state's history as part of the U.S.," in Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure, as did all of the history's "mixed" marriages between prominent haole (white) settlers on the islands and native Hawaiian nobles, who were well-received in American upper-class society.
Mr. Sailer's series was designed "to point out that the color line discrimination against blacks was both quantitatively and qualitatively more severe than the discrimination suffered by other groups" and that "we shouldn't project how African-Americans were treated to other minorities."
Indeed. We make a big hoopla now over this or that "Hispanic" politico, but to our ancestors before Nixon (who gave us the term "Hispanic"), this was no big deal. Neither were marriages to Polynesians, whom I remember being classified as "white" in one of the books I read as a kid.