AKAKA BILL ISN'T ABOUT RACE BUT RIGHTING WRONG
"Today, those opposing the Akaka bill ignore the wrong done in 1893 and want to stack the deck against the indigenous people of Hawai'i. They ignore U.S. Public Law 103-150, where Congress declared that the use of U.S. armed forces in the overthrow of a friendly government in 1893 was "illegal."
Virtually the entire population of Hawai'i petitioned the U.S government to restore the queen in 1894. Thurston Twigg-Smith's grandfather, Lorrin Thurston, his fellow traitors and the U.S. government ignored the will of the people in violation of our Declaration of Independence that " ... governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed ... "
Then in 1959, Hawai'i was admitted to the Union. By then, however, the Native Hawaiian population was and still is just 20 percent of the voters. And now Twigg-Smith et al. want to restack the deck by requiring a referendum on the Akaka bill so non-Hawaiians can again dictate decisions against the Native Hawaiian minority.
Twigg-Smith also charged that the Akaka bill is "racist." If that is so, why is he not demanding that same federal recognition be eliminated for the several hundred Native American tribes so they wouldn't be "racist"? Is he only against Hawaiians?
As with all indigenous people, it's not about "race," it's about ho'oponopono — making the wrong right."
Carol J. Holck
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