New Hawaiian Affairs Committee is racist
The creation of a new Committee on Hawaiian Affairs in the state House of Representatives by House Speaker Calvin Say leads one to wonder, can we afford race-based state laws and programs for Hawaiians?
The purpose of a separate committee to look after the interests of one particular race at the expense of all other races in our state is not justice for Hawaiians, it's injustice for all other races.
Why doesn't Rep. Say set up committees for Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, etc.? Creating new laws and providing more state money to support one race over another is not only against the law, it is racism.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rice v. Cayetano that Hawaiians are a race of people, not the political entity that they are now trying to become in order to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling. Rep. Say in his action of setting up a separate race-based committee is legislating division based on race.
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