shoutout to you for doing this for me cause this post has been sitting in my drafts long enough
let me tell you a thing about why the Kingdom of Hawaii being a US state irritates the fuck out of me and why it should irritate you too:
First off, up until white settlers started to try and go beyond their borders in order to claim territories and colonize the last remaining bits of land on the earth, the Kingdom of Hawaii was a peaceful country in which the main focal point of culture was respecting the earth around you and living off of only what you needed to live and basically being really connected with the people around you and the earth.
But, like everything else in this beautiful world,
For the sake of the length of this post, Im going to specifically talk about how the United States fucked over the Kingdom of Hawaii.
When the protestant missionaries first arrived in the Kingdom of Hawaii in the early 19th century. They immediately started benefiting from the islands themselves when they were able to get approval from the King at the time who was promised that by selling a small portion of land to the foreigners to build property on and make sugar plantations, it would benefit the Kingdom and bring in more money for its people.
This, however, was a complete lie. Not only did selling the land not help the people at all, but it just gave the United States the foothold it needed in order to try and gain it as a colony and keep European powers out of its sphere of influence. The whites who owned the sugar plantations imported Puerto Ricans, Japanese, Filipino, and Chinese workers over the course of 50 years that essentially drove out the Hawaiian work force and put the native population in a state of crisis financially.
In 1875, the Reciprocity Treaty essentially sealed the fate of the Kingdom as they were forced to cede Pearl Harbor and the island of Mokuʻumeʻume, the first official acquisitions of land belonging to the Kingdom of Hawaii by the United States Governent.
Official Annexation of The Kingdom of Hawaii as a US Territory
In 1887, The Missionary Party and the Honolulu Rifles, both groups founded and run by whites benefitting from abusing the islands and their people Politically and Econonomically, overthrew the government and forced King David Kalākaua to sign the Bayonet Constitution in order to secure their interests in the Island for themselves and the United States. As you can imagine, its called the Bayonet Consitution because they forced the King to sign it with guns pointed at his face after refusing to sign a renewal to the Reciprocity Treaty, and then proceeded to jail him and other officials.
Remember that whole thing I said earlier about land owning not being important to the Islands native inhabitants? Well, the Bayonet Constitution also required new voting requirements that made it so you had to own land and make a significant income to be able to vote. The system made it so that 3 quarters of voters were white US citizens, disenfranchized the asians of the islands, and completely rid the native polynesians of being able to vote to keep their way of life. The King was left in place but was merely a figure head.
In 1891 the King died during a trip to San Francisco, and his sister Queen Liliʻuokalani, was promoted to the throne. She immediately drafted a new consitution giving the power back to the Monarchy. This didnt last, however, when a new white group called the Committee of Safety, contacted United States Government Minister John L. Stevens with the message that there was an imminent threat to US Lives and Property in 1893. In which he sent the USS Boston landed over 200 marines to protect the Lives and Interests of the US and its citizens.
Queen Liliʻuokalani was forced to give up her throne and in a final act of desperation pleaded for the US governement to cease their control of the Islands. A temporary government was set up and the islands were on the verge of being annexed until a party representing the Queen traveled all the way to Washington to explain that the overthrow was illegal. Congress opened up an investigation and concluded that, "United States diplomatic and military representatives had abused their authority and were responsible for the change in government."
In order to cut this last bit short, The Republic of Hawaii was created, a revolt occured and imprisoned the queen, the revolt was crushed but a jury could not find those who led it guilty, and then the succeeding president McKinley agreed to a treaty of annexation but the Senate denied the bill.
Hawaii was then annexed illegally by the United States of America, despite japan even sending warships to try and stop it.
In 1959 it became an official state, the last admitted.
On several occasions, Native Hawaiians have tried to have their independence returned since then but it has been denied every single time. However, this idea of self awareness helped the native population have a renaissance in which they were seeking out and learning their histories and regaining their languages and traditions that were taken and repressed during their time as a colony and afterwards. In 1993 president Bill Clinton issued an official apology on behalf of the United States, called the Apology Resolution. This was the first apology from the United States and also the first attempt to make up for wrong doing. The bill has been highly debated and there hasn’t been much done yet, however Native Hawaiians would like it to at least give them some of the same benefits Native Americans have been given.
This is the stupid ass post that irritated me to make this
It pisses me off that they dont teach you any of this. They want it to seem like they just took an uninhabited amount of land. That by not teaching it they are trying to make it seem as if this never even happened in the first place. The fact that some fucking idiot thinks Hawaii was first called the sandwich islands proves my point.
And I’m sorry for the lack of citations, HOWEVER, here are the resources I had at my disposal after returning/selling the books I had on the subject from courses taken previous and don’t have currently
1.) Takaki, Ronald. Strangers From a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Boston: Bay Back Books, 1998
2.) Rondilla, Joanne. “APA 200 Lecture.” Arizona State University, Spring 2014.
3.) Ancestors in America: Coolies, Sailors, and Settlers. Directed by Loni Ding. 2001. San Francisco, CA: Center for Educational Telecommunications. DVD.
along with a wikipedia article as a reminder to stay on talking points and not wander off into other issues
Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
OKAY. OKAY. WHAT THE UNHOLY HELL. OH GOD I’M SO MAD. HANG ON LOOK, KEEP READING THIS AND I PROMISE I’LL BE MORE CALM.
In 2012, a 17-year-old boy named T.J. Lane killed three fellow classmates in a school shooting, and was sentenced to life in jail. But wait, that’s not the worst part. This kid pulled a few nasty stunts to really show how much of a pathetic monstrosity he is. In the courtroom during his trial, he took off his more formal clothing to reveal a white undershirt with the word “KILLER” crudely written on it. He was smiling and laughing while the case progressed through the day. And to top it off, when he was finally sentenced [to life in prison], he turned to the families of the victims he killed, and said, “This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. F—- all of you,” before flicking them off. As if this sick waste of human life couldn’t get any more disgusting.
AND NOW, FOR THE DAMN KICKER: This vile animal has somehow managed to fucking escape prison with a fellow inmate, and is currently on the run. I urge any and all of you to spread this info around and be fully aware of the tragedy this vermin has caused. He must be found and apprehended as soon as possible, and if I’ve made anyone more aware, I’ve helped this cause.
I WANT HIM OFF THE STREETS AND AWAY FROM EVERY OTHER HUMAN BEING. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW INFURIATED I AM. I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY OBSCENE LANGUAGE BUT I’M PISSED OFF AT THE AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THIS IS ONLY ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN.
he still breathing meanwhile Mike Brown is dead.
He is still breathing while thousands of innocent/unarmed/guiltless black people are deceased.
BLACK IN ASIA
The Mani people are the original homo sapiens that travelled from Africa and settled in Thailand. They are the original negaritos who moved with other Africans like Andamanese of India, Aetas of Philippines,Semangs of Malaysia to their present residence in Thailand. They were there before the other ethnic groups came to form the Thai kingdom. Anthropological studies has revealed that the Thai Mani and Malaysian Semang were the first modern humans to enter the Malay peninsula. They remarked that "the original people of the Malay Peninsular that about 4,500 years ago the Proto-Malays moved south from the Yunnan province area of China into Southeast Asia where they met the Negritos who, for a long time, may have been the only modern humans to live in this area"
The name Mani is of Mon-Khmer origin and means “human being,” and they speak Tonga language. The Mani or “forest people” as other Thai people call them lives in the jungles of southern Thailand, in the Banthad Mountain Chain and around the Malaysian border in the provinces of Trang, Phatthalung and Satun. They are facing extinction and currently their total population is about 300. The Banthad Mountain chain became a base area for communist insurgents during the 1970s and thus a battle ground between communist guerillas and Thai government forces. Especially during the years of 1975-1977, the insurgents were battered in ground and air attacks. The Mani suffered terribly during this war with government forces frequently mistaking the smoke of Mani camp fires for insurgent activity. Those living in Trang and Phatthalung provinces had to move to the sanctuary of Thoungwan district in Satun province.
The Aetas are the aborigines of the Philippines who were called negritos by the Spaniards at the time of their reign in the Philippines because of their darker skin color. It is the tribe inhabiting the eastern parts of Luzon and called in different names: Agta, Ita, Ati, or Aeta. About 20,000 of them are spread throughout the country. Their majority can be seen in Pampanga and Zambales while others inhabit the coastal fringes of Northern Luzon, and the mountains of Negros, Samar, Panay and Leyte. As a result of their nomadic life, they live in houses built out of grass and tree branches to easily vacate upon scarcity of surrounding food.
Aeta according to anthropologists and archeologists, are descendants of the earliest settlers of the Philippines. They were predicted to migrate in the country through land bridges that connects the country to Asian mainland 30,000 years ago. It may have occurred when the Malay Peninsula was still connected with Sumatra and other Sunda Islands. Their boundless journey around the Malay Peninsula that spread as far as The Philippines resulted to their widespread existence in the country
The Semang are a Negrito ethnic group of the Malay Peninsula. Lowland Semang tribes are also known as Sakai, although this term is considered to be derogatory by the Semang people. They are the indigenous peoples of this area.They have been recorded to have lived in Malaysia since before the 200s Common Era (CE). They are ethnologically described as nomadic hunter-gatherers.
The Semang live in autonomous local bands consisting of an elder male (usually the leader of the group), his wife, their sons, and the sons’ wives and children. Their religious beliefs are complex and include numerous deities. Shaman-priests practice magic, foresee the future, and cure illness.
Semang (Jahai) ethnic group woman of Malaysia
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oh my god, every single one of these!
I couldn’t not reblog this. Wow…
Angela Davis: Defeating Racism, Central to Defeating The Right Danger
Esther Jones, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was a singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Helen Kane saw her act in 1928 and appropriated Jones’ ‘baby’ singing style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Jones’ style went on to become the inspiration for the voice of Betty Boop.(What I Looked up)
This is why cultural appropriation is so important
For The First Time Ever, All Four Eyewitness Accounts of The Murder of Michael Brown Put In Chronological Order: The most detailed side-by-side telling of each eyewitness account of the Mike Brown murder in chronological order #JusticeForMichaelBrown [@ShaunKing]
"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."
"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."
"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."
Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.
Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?