Hard times know no racial boundaries.
We are all human. Race is a pernicious illusion. The one-drop rule is never a good idea. The only way to attain equality is to treat people as equals.
Racism is racism no matter what the direction.
Anyone who would imply that sex or racial background would lead to “better conclusions” is racist, and Gingrich (as vile as some of his personal history is) hits the nail on the head.
The pernicious poison of identity politics rears its head again.
The Fact of Statehood is quite clear, and evidenced by an electorate which votes, pays taxes, obeys laws, and has organized and lived by this system of government for nearly 50 years now. Calling it a “myth” is wishful thinking at best, and cynical manipulation of the gullible at worst.
We could have the same detailed, legalistic discussion of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. We could call it the “Myth of Kingdomhood.” We could analyze the various illegalities (as we claimed them, not adjudicated by anyone but ourselves), point out the poor treatment of the maka’ainana, and the imported slave labor from China, Japan, Portugal and the Philippines. We could delve into the corruption of Kalakaua and Liliuokalani, and rail against the injustice of it all. But then what?
My question to these panelists, and to anyone who truly believes that statehood is a myth, is what next? Do we ethnically cleanse Hawaii so that we can have a direct democracy that gives these people the voting results we want? It’s obvious that if a Statehood plebiscite was given today, it would be overwhelmingly in favor – but die-hard racial sovereignty activists will dispute the rights of suffrage to anyone who would not vote “properly.”
Hawaii is governed by the consent of the people, for the people, regardless of race, creed, color, or political history view of 1893. Unless someone can suggest a better form of government than being a highly influential part of the last remaining superpower on earth with a constitution that has lasted over 200 years, there really isn’t much substance to the argument.
My fear is that this kind of legalese is used to pursue political power on the basis of identity politics, and the poisonous politics of racial categorization. Hawaii is a place, not a race, and anyone who is telling you that on the basis of bloodline, you should have special privileges, is doing grave harm.
He Hawaii au; he mau Hawaii kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian. We are all Hawaiians.
So exactly how do they determine if someone is “black”? Darker than a grocery bag? One-drop rule? This whole charade seems to do nothing but foster a culture of separation and us v. them.
Why not just Buy Human?
Repeat after me – we are all one race, the human race.
Civil rights are rights we all share, not special privileges meted out to people based on skin color.
Speak truth to power.
Welcome to the 50th State of the Union, Hawaii. SO SAY WE ALL!!
The state of Hawaii is legal, recognized, valid, and PL103-150 had no operative effect.
Now back to your regularly scheduled government.
The pernicious politics of racial identity, exposed.
A thoroughly enjoyable rant.
A course of thought on the only acceptable racism left standing.