New Racism in New Bottles

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On the heels of apologizing for its old racism in thwarting anti-lynching laws, the United States Senate is poised to initiate a new racism celebrated in the so-called “Akaka Bill.”

It would summon into being for the first time a race-based Native Hawaiian sovereignty operating outside the United States Constitution.


Only persons with at least “one drop” of Native Hawaiian blood would enjoy the right to create the new sovereign entity with its sweeping immunities from federal and state laws.

The Akaka bill would authorize and have the United States facilitate Hawaiian officials in relinquishing the state’s sovereignty over a portion of its citizens and over a portion of its territory.

In addition, it would authorize the transfer of a portion of the State