July 4, Hawaii, Independence 

Imagine a Native American community who had a Disneyland-like resort built over their villages and ancestor's graves, the people made to do bastardizations of their sacred dances, wear mock 'sexy feather headresses' and entertain the rich tourists for starvation wages, 12 hours a day 7 days a week, living sardine-packed 20-to-a-house. And then be arrested for speaking their own language. It'd be an outrage, right? But that is just everyday life, in US-colonized Hawaii

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Hawaii, US Imperialism 

Also Hawaii had a higher literacy rate than the US before colonization and banning of our culture and language.

Hawaii, US Coups, White Supremacy 

US cartoon of King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi'olani of the coup that imposed the 1887 Bayonet Constitution.

White supremacy played a central role in the coups of 1887 and 1893 in Hawaii, which was a blueprint for US colonial overthrows in Central/South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. (Including the US's self-coup)

Hawaii, US Coups, White Supremacy 

January 14, 1893 members of the white business community met in a corporate office in Honolulu to plan coup against the elected government of Queen Lili'uokalani. They were not sure how far they wanted to go but they knew they had the support of the chief US diplomat in Hawai'i.

Hawaii, US Coups, White Supremacy 

"By the mid-1800s, Hawai’i boasted the highest literacy rate in the world.

In a newspaper article published in 1869, a Native Hawaiian historian reported that Hawai’i was the only Pacific government to be represented at an Exposition in Paris. Granted its first constitution in 1840 by King Kamehameha III, books of law, newspapers, agricultural products, Bibles, textbooks, as well as other examples of “civilized” accomplishments were exhibited" (1/2)

Hawaii, US Coups, White Supremacy 

"European visitors to the Paris Exposition were, for the most part, ruled by monarchs and only their highborn were privy to excellent educations. Faced with their failed preconceptions about Hawai’i, some exclaimed: “This…island is ahead in literacy; and the enlightened countries of Europe are behind it!”" (2/2)

If you're aromantic, or in a dry spell date-wise on Valentines, you can always celebrate Captain Colonizer Cook's roasting.

Tourists coming to Hawaii taking vaccines from Hawaiians who have been hardest hit is just the latest in a long list of abuses and exploitation by the mostly foreign-owned tourism industrial complex, and colonization of our people generally.

Hawaii, US Imperialism 

@silverspookgames So I looked up how Hawaiian (not... sure this is the name of the language? Omniglot lists it as ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi')

So - it was a SPOKEN language originally, like... Finnish. And has fewer letters, like Finnish. And you have double vowels (ō, which in suomi would be oo.) And your i is like the Finnish i.

They're not related, but I see similarities.

One similarity is that languages that map sounds directly to printed letters tend to have much higher literacy rates.
(and the last time I said this, on livejournal, some know-it-all said "WELL, I'M FROM THE US AND I WENT TO THESE SO-CALLED LITERATE COUNTRIES AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO WRITE SO THIS IS ALL CRAP" And ... yeah, I just laughed and tucked that away in the "here's a funny reply from someone who doesn't want to learn. HA! What a silly idea, not learning."

You know, if you stuck some Hawaiian in the games, that would seriously rule.

Hawaii, US Coups, White Supremacy 

@silverspookgames jesus fucking christ

@silverspookgames
I guess you could say they... CAPTAIN COOKED him! 🤣

...

...ok, I'll go hide now.

Hawaii, US Imperialism 

@silverspookgames On the one hand i'm unsurprised. On the other, fuuuuuuuuuu

@silverspookgames WTF?

Why are people traveling? We shouldn't even be leaving our houses?

(Also speaking as a white person, this year has really drove home just how disease ridden white people are)

@alienghic That's a good question. Also thanks white Americans for bringing the more dangerous covid variants to Hawaii, flying around partying when we're supposed to be social distancing.

@silverspookgames

I would also have preferred trying to eliminate COVID with strict isolation protocols. Letting a bunch of people get infected means more options to evolve new variants"

But apparently there's a bunch of selfish idiodic white people who believe they are immune to misfortune

@alienghic @silverspookgames Keep me personally safe, fuck everyone else, is the only model that explains vaccine tourism.

@clacke @silverspookgames there's a swath of america who still believes that they are the chosen of god and that god blesses those that deserve it.

So they think since they are in power and safe they must be doing gods work. They believe they won't get sick because god micromanages illness.

I think these people are deeply dangerous to others and this attitude led to several attempted genocides.

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