links for 2011-02-27

  • "Cabdrivers who refuse passengers on the basis of race or their far-flung destinations are being targeted by taxi officials who want to stiffen fines for the escalating problem."
    Officials hope that by increasing the penalties for "refusals of service" — the most egregious nonviolent offense a hack can commit — they'll stop the 38 percent rise in trip-denial complaints that took place from 2009 to 2010."
  • "The resentment some Native Hawaiians feels toward whites today can be chalked up in part to "ancestral memory," says Jon Matsuoka, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii. "That trauma is qualitatively different than other ethnic groups in America. It's more akin to American Indians" because Hawaiians had their homeland invaded, were exposed to diseases for which they had no immunity, and had an alien culture forced upon them, he says. Stories about the theft of their lands and culture have been passed down from one generation to the next, Matsuoka adds."
  • "Its editor-in-chief, third-year law student and former NAACP Legal Defense Fund intern Sheila Adams, said in a release that high profile incidents including Arizona’s immigration law and the disproportionate impact of the financial and foreclosure calamities on minorities disprove theories that President Obama’s election ushered in a 'post-racial' society. 
    “'In short, the relevance of race in our society and, thus, the law, continues to be very much a reality, and the increasingly multi-racial and multi-cultural nature of our communities both complicates and enriches this sphere of academic inquiry,' Adams wrote in the first issue’s 'Editor’s Note.'”
  • nicepebbles

    I’ m currently stationed in HI. NH’s have a right to be angry. Violence isn’t the answer. There seems to be no acknowledgment from white people of what happened and the consequences of it. Not surprising considering that’s how this country operates. As an WoC, I haven’t had any problems. I think skin color and attiudes of non-NH has a lot to do with how things go down. The following attitude is prevelant, ‘If the US govt left, where would this place be?’ That’s not the point. It’s like saying AfAms in the US are better off b/c we were taken from Africa. The fact is their country was taken and it’s like whatever. I mean the Polynesian Cultural Center is hugely popular. It does celebrate the culture of HI (and other Pacific islands) alongside the ‘fact’ that Cooke discovered the islands. How exactly does that work when people were already here?

  • Marie

    @ tenacitus and @ apastudent:

    Are you actually saying that violence against INNOCENT people is in any shape or form justifiable???

    How do you cross from colonization=bad to beating up/harassing people=good?

  • http://tenacitustirades.blogspot.com/ tenacitus

    I have no sympathy for the Caucasians crying a river of tears in Hawaii. If they hate it so much they should come back to the mainland. One of my African-American friends told me that Black people have a difficult time there also but I take that as being par for the course all over the world.

    After all misery that was visited on Hawaii by missionaries, white supremacists and others they now want to cry about discrimination. I am getting really pissed just thinking about this.