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Why Hawaiians dislike White-People

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James Ferguson

Author’s-Note:
James Ferguson, one of my dear Muslim-Brothers: very intellectually well-appointed, and factually sound, has decide to grant us commentary of the hypocrisy of what most call American-Democracy, which has always, historically & contemporaneously, been used as a euphemism of American-Conquest. He talks about the waning reign of the Kingdom  of Hawaii, which was, at her time, basically, the last sovereign nation in the Pacific.

 

Hawaiian Queen

The native population at the time absolutely was not in favour in becoming a state. Hawaii became a state through a process to similar to countless other peoples who were subjugated to colonial-masters, subterfuge, pretext and force. Briefly, the actual King, himself, was overthrown by the Honolulu-Rifles, a Anglo-Protestant militia-group, when the King refused to renew the Reciprocity-Treaty. This treaty  was a ‘free-trade’ agreement and had lead to a large influx of US investment in Hawaii’s sugar-plantations. The treaty also gave the US lands in what is now known Pearl-Harbor. The treaty was extremely unpopular with the locals, and when some of the natives had protested the taking of those lands by the US, they were repressed by US-Marines.

The Militia established a pliable puppet king and also imposed racist polices including disenfranchising all Asians and imposing such onerous property and income restrictions on voting that the minority white population controlled 75% of the eligible votes. There was a failed counter-coup to restore the Monarchy. And when the puppet king died, his successor-daughter, Lilioukalani, upon ascension to the throne, received petitions from about 2/3 of the Native population to restore the old-order and to remove the US-Military presence from the islands.

The Queen was blocked in her attempts to do so by the ‘Committee for Safety’, and eventually she was forced to resign. At which point the Committee, with the support of the Honolulu Rifles, created the ‘Provisional Government of Hawaii’ led by Stanford Dole, a white guy, to negotiate the annexation of Hawaii by the US. So yeah: not exactly a process that had the support of the majority of the native population, but I guess it did have the majority of the voting population.

Additionally, you find antagonism today, because it is perceived that that manifest injustice still has a real effect to this day. For example, the Caribbean is littered with islands where the descendants of slave masters still dominate the islands economically, and thus politically. The most extreme example is probably Bermuda, where the old families still control the best land, dominate all the major companies, marry within themselves (or wealthy white outsiders), and get insider access and can thus protect and entrench their positions. The locals get fed the lie that the past is irrelevant to their current disenfranchised positions and that if they would just world harder they too could send their children to Eton.

James Ferguson/2014

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Somali Flag pic

Author’s note:

Here’s another great anonymous piece, about exploitation:

“Sorry to buck the trend, my activist friend.

But your activ-isms have created schisms in my land.

 

Reminds us of days gone by.

As your ancestor’s ships arrived.

On our shores with the good book in hand.

We are not obliged to match the size of the garments you cast upon us.

 

We are not designed to conform to your fetishes S&M.

We don’t intend to bite the hand that feeds us.

But forgive us We may have lost our appetite.

A long time ago, you enter my dry windless summer.

 

A land for you of infinite drama intervening, hunting for the killer in the wood.

Strange that you should have such swings of mood.

Forgive me for the bitterness swirling in my spleen.

Your cash flows like our tranquil streams.

 

Fulfilling the wildest dreams of our real tormentors.

Our Kings and Queens Send in the troops In endless postcolonial loops.

Like Black Hawk Dawn and Apocalypse .

Now Let’s shoot some hoops in HD and together vow Death to poverty, death to crime.

Time to change the world one RT at a time.

 

You raise awareness?

But what of fairness?

 

Read, watch, click, send In an over-saturated.

Online wasteland, and millions more informed.

 

What if your history was deformed?

Yet still, my continent, to you is but a country.

You maliciously let the internet set the bounty.

 

From ABC to ICC Only because you love me.

But if you love me, why don’t you ask me what I think?

Or do you fear that I, from the fountain, shall too deeply drink?

 

Sorry to buck the trend, my activist friend.

But your activ-isms have created schisms in my land.

 

Forgive me my beloved rebellious bird.

Your voice, unshackled, deserves to be heard.

 

But while you explore our forbidden fruits.

Take me as an equal, from the leaves to the branch, to the trunk, to the roots.”

Gareth Bryant/2013

The Ballad of Somalia:

My Wounded-Knee & my Broken-Heart: The Untold Tragedy of the Native American

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Map of Native American lands pic

Author’s note:

The infamous Wounded-Knee massacre, in 1890, officially, marked the official end of true Native-American sovereignty, within North America, particularly within the newly expanding United States. This, even though a massacre more than a battle, is historically considered the last armed-conflict of the officially recognized “Indian-Wars” era. This event once and for all broke the backbone of the Native American in a way that suited the interests of the United States, but, dealt a serious blow to the Native people of this continent, particularly within the newly confiscated lands, inducted into the United States (the Western-Frontier/Territories which later became states). This poem is a very short history, of how the Native peoples of the Western-Hemisphere were exploited, some by their own doing, and also by sheer manipulation, military-force by invading European as well as Euro-American entities.

 

From the time Columbus came here, this pale-face being, with two-tongues, has been trouble.

We were just fine, being isolated from the rest of this World, in our naturally beautiful bubble.

 

Then, he got lost, on route to India, to land here, and then gave us names that we never gave ourselves.

We showered them with welcome, they showered us with unsheathed blades & bullets from their rifles.

 

Oh, let’s not forget spreading of smallpox.

Diseases which caused our bodies to rot.

 

All throughout the Caribbean, the Spanish, Portuguese, turned us into slaves, killing us with labor.

When we couldn’t handle it, they killed us systematically and brought Africans to work via torture.

 

In what is now Latin-America, people like Cortez, Ponce de Leon, the Pizarro Brothers, took lands.

They left us destitute, we found ourselves begging for basic-necessities, on our knees, opened-hands.

 

During the American-Revolution, treaties were made, secured alliance with us, to ward-off the British.

They never honored the return of original, native territories; they reneged, after their war was finished.

 

Andrew Jackson initiated the Indian-Removal Acts…forcing thousands of us to march…

…from Georgia to Oklahoma…to our very deaths…these atrocities were just the start.

 

During the American Civil-War, we fought for both the Union and Confederate…

…as though either of them had our interests at heart…it was just for their benefit.

 

The Buffalo-Soldier, the Black-Man, our brothers in the struggle, were vehemently used against us…

…ironic is that they were cotton-pickers, not too long ago, now supporting the oppression of the U.S.

 

Then, the last-stand, at Wounded-Knee, was the nail in the coffin, for our nation.

The long road of armed-resistance was ended, and we succumbed to decimation.

 

Then, they forced us upon mass reservations, and modern schools, to receive a Euro-centric cultivation.

They destroyed our ways of life, then, forced their culture upon us, as though they possessed civilization.

 

They didn’t even give us the right to vote in America, until 1870.

The way they stripped us of everything was low-down and dirty.

 

We should’ve never welcomed the Pilgrims, we should’ve never sold Manhattan.

Ever since then, they’ve managed to keep us subdued, with our very own hatchet.

 

We never should have involved ourselves in that Slave trade…

…helping the White-Man keep others in bondage is our shame.

 

This was our land & they nearly destroyed us, attempting annihilation.

But, we’re still here, we must never give in to unforgivable oppression.

 

Gareth Bryant/2013

My thoughts on Columbus Day:

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The following quote is in commemoration of Columbus Day:

“Christopher Columbus set the precedent for Europeans to violently take the Americas from its Natives, yet he’s celebrated. If he were a Muslim, he would’ve been labeled a terrorist for his genocidal actions!!!”

Gareth Bryant/2012