HATE IN THE ALOHA STATE
AN ANNIVERSARY OF RACISM & "REVERSE-RACISM"
YOUTUBE: BROTHER NOLAND
"MR. SAN CHO LEE"
A musical compendium of Hawaii racism. A very popular song here in Honolulu. Prejudice sells.
RACISM IS RACISM, NO MATTER THE SOURCE, NO MATTER THE EXCUSE
Hawaii's Hypocritical Stance On Racial Violence
On the fiftieth anniversary of Hawaii's accession to Statehood, there were no official celebrations. It was feared that there would be violence, as there has been in the past. The fact that the perpetrators are a tiny and well-known minority of a minority has not led to any action by local law enforcement. This in itself is an indictment of the entire State: Deliberate official ignorance, avoidance and denial of frequent hate crimes is as bad or worse than the crimes themselves.
The centralized State school system tolerates and even allows the promotion of an annual "Kill Haole Day," when white students, "haole's," are physically and verbally attacked right inside of the public schools. Black students, or "popolo's," have also been subject to racial attacks, even including a school-sponsored and managed yearbook that featured pictures of black students with racist defacements and captions. The yearbook was edited & published by the school authorities with the racist material included. This has happened at least three times in the last ten years alone.
The fact that the State has been run almost exclusively by a local Japanese elite (who are in effect a minority within the largest minority in a population consisting entirely of minorities) for over fifty years now does nothing to ameliorate or share the collective guilt foisted upon innocent Caucasian children and adults for wrongs done, and continuing to be done, against the Native Hawaiian population. The exclusionary local elite Japanese-run State government has engineered programs since 1959 which have increasingly marginalized and hurt the health and well-being of Native Hawaiians, even as local elite Japanese politicians pander to "Local" hate-groups by blaming everything, including their own actions, on "da fahkin' howlees." Using whites as scapegoats helps to turn the attention away from the dominant local elite Japanese politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen & women and their deliberate and racist acts against the Native Hawaiians as well as "haole's" and others.
As long as Caucasians can be blamed for every problem, the local Japanese elite and their toadies in business & government can go on lining their own pockets at the expense of everyone else. As long as racism is the predominant political force here in the "Aloha State," nothing will ever change, and the problems of all the people of Hawaii, including "Locals" (local self-description of local but not Hawaiian non-white & [mainly] non-Asians) as well as Native Hawaiians.
The anemic local Republican Party and their owners & operators on the Mainland have tried to import their traditional conservative tactics of racial divide and conquer to Hawaii. The result has been a net loss for the Republicans, and a ratcheting-up of "Local" anti-white racism. The historical memory of the Overthrow, the Republic, the Annexation, the Territory, the white Ascendancy and Statehood, all Republican-engineered, will never dim as long as corporate racist Republicans from the Mainland continue trying to use Hawaii to fan flames of racial hatred and disharmony everywhere.
The despicable acts of the Republicans do not, however, excuse Hawaii's own racists. Divide and conquer along racial lines may have worked well for the local Democrats, but it is hurting the State in the long run. With an education system on a par with that of Mississippi, and a poverty-driven healthcare crisis that hits brown-skinned people hardest, only by uniting all ethnic groups can our reverse-Dixiecrats ever manage to lift Hawaii out of its' plantation-days cultural and economic slums.
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER: INTELLIGENCE REPORT
"Prejudice in Paradise: Hawaii Has a Racism Problem"
You'll never hear this here. It could get you lynched.
' With no known hate groups and a much-trumpeted spirit of aloha or tolerance, few people outside Hawaii realize the state has a racism issue. One reason: The tourism-dependent state barely acknowledges hate crimes. That makes it hard to know how often racial violence is directed at Caucasians, who comprise about 25% of the ethnically diverse state's 1.3 million residents. Those who identify themselves as Native Hawaiian — most residents are of mixed race — account for nearly 20%. Hawaii has collected hate crimes data since 2002 (most states began doing so a decade earlier). In the first six years, the state reported only 12 hate crimes, and half of those were in 2006. (All other things being equal, the state would be expected to have more than 800 such crimes annually, given the size of its population, according to a federal government study of hate crimes.) There was anti-white bias in eight of those incidents. But that doesn't begin to reflect the extent of racial rancor directed at non-Native Hawaiians in the Aloha State, especially in schools. "Here in Hawaii, there is no compulsion to speak out on racist attacks. There are all these hate crimes and violent things happening to white people and you don't hear sovereignty activists speaking out against it," says Conklin, who manages a massive website on Hawaiian issues. "The violence has been going on for years and it's always been hush-hush." '
"Racial tensions are simmering in Hawaii's melting pot"
The world knows what Hawaii will not acknowledge.
' The current controversies are exposing racial tensions below the surface of a tropical paradise that Gov. Linda Lingle says is "a model for the world" in diversity and peaceful integration. Simmering divisions pit Hawaiians against other groups, and "locals" of all races against newcomers including immigrants and military members. At issue now is whether Hawaii will acknowledge and overcome these threats to its friendly reputation. Racial troubles in the islands usually don't get much public discussion. In a tourism-dependent state, talk about tensions is "like news about shark attacks," says Jon Van Dyke, a University of Hawaii law professor. "People are afraid they might lose customers." '
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN
"Isles shape Obama’s racial identity "
It's even hard out here for a POTUS.
' White added in an e-mail interview that despite whatever "hapa street cred" Obama has in Hawaii, it doesn't displace the prejudice blacks find here. "Being of African descent is not valued in the same way that other ethnic backgrounds are valued here. In spite of the many positive aspects of multiethnic, multiracial and multicultural interaction in Hawaii, we still have to realize ... that being black continues to be negatively perceived in Hawaii," White said. In a 1999 essay written for Punahou's school alumni magazine, Obama recalls how his first perceptions of Hawaii as being "the world's mythical melting pot" changed that by the time he graduated from Punahou, his consciousness of race was much sharper. "As an African American teenager in a school with few African Americans, I probably questioned my identify a bit harder than most," Obama wrote. "As a kid from a broken home and family of relatively modest means, I nursed more resentments than my circumstances justified and didn't always channel those resentments in particularly constructive ways." '
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN
"Waianae High recalls yearbooks containing racial slur"
Once is an accident. Three times is a policy.
' Hundreds of Waianae High School yearbooks are being recalled to replace a page with a photograph of what school officials call a "racially offensive" word spelled out in cards held by five students in the senior class on football field bleachers. The photograph, with the racial N-word slur, was overlooked during a review of the publication, state education officials said. State education spokeswoman Sandra Goya said the recall because of a racially insensitive photograph was a first at Waianae High, but similar problems have occurred at a couple of other public schools. Stickers were placed over a racially offensive caption in a yearbook at Kalaheo High School in 1997 and a racially offensive photograph at Castle High School in 1998, Goya said. '
"Hawaii Served as Melting Pot, Source of Racial Tension for Young Obama"
This was not at a public school This was at an "elite" private school here in Honolulu. This is the place that schools our elite. Is it any wonder that they have a problem coming to terms with racism, especially their own?
' Obama's experience in Hawaii is echoed by other blacks, including some of his schoolmates, and challenges the state's vaunted image of racial harmony. "A big joke amongst the brothers was you could be anything else but a brother and have free rein of the world in Hawaii," said Rik Smith, a black former schoolmate of Obama's at Punahou, an elite private school in Honolulu. "When it comes to people of color, black people, there's a huge amount of racism." In his memoir, "Dreams from My Father," Obama, who is half black and half white, recalled a seventh grader calling him a "coon" and a tennis pro who joked that his color might rub off. One person wanted to touch his hair, and he was asked whether his father, a native of Kenya, ate people. An assistant basketball coach used a racial epithet in referring to black players. '
"Hate crime not ruled out in Waikele assault"
Racism is so pervasive here that even prosecutors can't recognize an obvious hate crime. Especially not when they have political ambitions that require "Local" support. Carlisle is now running for Mayor of Honolulu.
' As debate continued over the assault on an Army couple in the parking lot of a Waikele shopping center, city Prosecutor Peter Carlisle yesterday said he had not ruled out handling the case as a hate crime. The assault remains under investigation, and the charges are up for evaluation, Carlisle said. Carlisle met with Andrew Dussell, a 26-year-old soldier, and his wife after they were allegedly beaten in the parking lot of the shopping center Feb. 19. The pair asked that their privacy be respected, and Andrew Dussell is under orders from the Army not to speak out about the case, Carlisle said. Both Andrew Dussell, who has served two tours of duty in Iraq, and his wife, Dawn Dussell, a 23-year-old nursing student at Hawai'i Pacific University, suffered broken noses, concussions and facial fractures. A police affidavit filed in court said the attack occurred after the Dussells' car collided with a vehicle while trying to pull into a parking stall. Gerald D. Paakaula, 44, and his son were arrested in connection with the assault. The father has been charged with second-degree assault; the son's case is being handled by the Family Court in confidential proceedings. The affidavit said the son was "extremely angry that his vehicle had been struck." "He began yelling obscenities toward Andrew Dussell, calling him a 'f------ haole' while kicking his driver side door," the document said. Paakaula was released after posting $20,000 bail. The police affidavit did not allege that he made any racial remarks. Much of the public debate was touched off by comments from two University of Hawai'i at Manoa professors. Jonathan Okamura, an ethnic studies professor, said he believed the alleged beating occurred or escalated as a result of racial considerations, based on the uttering of the phrase "f------ haole." But Jonathan Osorio, chairman of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, said the case should not be classified as a hate crime and that Hawaiians should not be painted with a broad brush as a result of the incident. UH professors contacted yesterday said that while many residents see Hawai'i as a land of aloha, racial tension does exist. Many wondered if the public outcry would have been greater if a Hawaiian couple had been beaten by Caucasians, and suggested that such a circumstance would more likely have resulted in prosecutors charging the attackers with a hate crime. Carlisle said in response that race is relevant to an assault case only if it can be proven that a person selected a victim based on that person's race. '.
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