Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D., Hawaii Reporter (Honolulu), February 28, 2008
Among the 50 states, Hawaii is the most diverse. All ethnic groups are minorities. Intermarriage is commonplace. All races live, work, play and pray side by side. But despite the Aloha Spirit, institutional racism has become entrenched in Hawaii, causing huge problems. Hawaii is rapidly building a bridge to the Nineteenth Century.
Hawaii has “affirmative action” on steroids. The favorite racial group is the 20% who have at least one drop of Hawaiian native blood. Two state government agencies serve “Native Hawaiians” exclusively.
The state’s largest private landowner is Kamehameha Schools, with assets of $8 billion to $15 billion, serving only ethnic Hawaiians. It recently paid $7 million “hush” money to settle a desegregation lawsuit just hours before the U.S. Supreme Court would probably have taken the case.
The State of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs openly boasts there are more than 160 federally funded programs exclusively for ethnic Hawaiians.
Nearly every politician supports Hawaii’s apartheid system because federal megabucks flow throughout the economy. Wealthy racial separatist institutions (government and private) are so powerful that is extremely rare for a politician to dare to defy them.
How did so many unconstitutional programs get established? Hawaii is the only state both of whose Senators served for decades on the Indian Affairs Committee—although Hawaii has no Indian tribes.
When bills passed through that committee providing housing, healthcare, or education to genuine Indian tribes, Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka quietly inserted “and Native Hawaiians.”
Civil rights lawsuits have recently attacked “Hawaiians”-only programs. That’s why a bill was introduced in Congress eight years ago to arbitrarily declare ethnic Hawaiians an Indian tribe, giving immunity against 14th Amendment challenges.
The “Akaka bill” passed the U.S. House in 2007 with every Democrat voting yes. Its Senate clone, S.310, awaits floor action whenever Majority Leader Harry Reid calls it up. Two years ago every Democrat Senator supported it.
Ethnic Hawaiians are nothing like an Indian tribe. That’s why S.310 relies on a dangerous new theory of the Constitution that Congress has power to single out any group of so-called “indigenous” people and create a tribal government for them out of thin air.
If that theory were enacted, get ready for thousands more new tribes composed of the vast majority of Indians not currently eligible to join one. Also get ready for a “tribe” consisting of all Americans of Mexican ancestry, since they have a drop of Aztec or Mayan “indigenous” blood. Their activists already demand a “Nation of Aztlan” comprising the states that formerly were part of Mexico.
Once the Akaka tribe is created, S.310 empowers its leaders to negotiate with state and federal governments for money, land, and jurisdictional authority. Agreements between leaders need approval only from the tribal council and state legislature, requiring neither a vote of tribal members nor a state ballot question. Sweetheart deals will give away massive state resources without voter approval.
No other state has 20 percent of its people being “Native American,” let alone 20 percent eligible to join a single tribe laying claim to half the state’s land.
To envision the proportional impact of such apartheid on Hawaii, imagine 60 million African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans combined being lumped together, electing a tribal council, and negotiating against the U.S. government and all states for money and ethnic homelands with laws different from nearby communities.
The members of this huge “tribe” also remain citizens of the U.S. and of their states, sitting on both sides of negotiations and making campaign contributions not limited by federal or state law.
What are the worst racial separatist problems already facing Hawaii?
OHA has begun “Plan B” to implement the Akaka bill and establish its own Hawaiian government even if the federal legislation never passes.