As a Native Hawaiian, this really saddens me to see a Hawaiian man arrested for speaking our native language in Hawaii. But I am not surprised; this is par for the colonized course. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/01/25/Hawaii-judge-orders-arrest-of-man-who-spoke-Hawaiian-language-in-court/8471516857580/?spt=su&or=btn_tw
@JubalBarca The truth is, this mass-cultural appropriation and oppression is normalized here. Imagine if, in 2018, there was a Native American community who had a Disneyland-like resort built in the middle of their village, and the people made to do bastardizations of their sacred dances, wear mock 'feather headresses' and entertain the rich tourists for $7 an hour. And then be arrested for speaking their own language. It'd be an utter outrage, right? But that is just everyday life, in Hawaii.
Living white is a little like that except it happened so long ago that nobody much realizes anymore that our way of life would fit that description, and social darwinism has had longer to weed out and develop suppressively toward those who can't cope with it. But I think that'd be true under any culturally suppressive, economically stratified imperial society: sycophants thrive, dissenters become butt monkeys hated by all sides
@silverspookgames I guess many other countries or states have pulled their native language back from the brink of extinction.
Reinstating that language as a second official language and the teaching of it in schools seem to be critical for that.
Is there any momentum for that on Hawaii?
@StuC It was literally illegal to speak Hawaiian in Hawaii till about 40 years ago, but there has been a cultural revival. My sister teaches at a Hawaiian Immersion school (they teach and speak in Hawaiian there), and my uncle is a Hawaiian language professor on Oahu, actually.
To make things worse, Hawaiian is actually the state language, and the judge who had this man arrested for speaking our native tongue really had no legal standing, apart from it being appalling.
@StuC @silverspookgames Really unusual for dying languages to be truly revived. The only example I know of is Hebrew, which is kind of a miracle, because it was truly as dead as Latin when they revived it in the 20th century.
Have you seen Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom?
@silverspookgames I tried speaking French to a Canadian immigration officer in Toronto. She didn't speak French, but she offered to find me an agent who would. I was kind of surprised; I thought all federal agents had to speak French. I just switched back to English.
Anyway, I sympathise a lot with language preservation efforts. Everyone has the right to speak their own language, particularly when interacting with the government.
@silverspookgames That warrant has been pulled, probably at least partly due to public outcry: https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/25/the-latest-warrant-nixed-for-professor-who-spoke-h/
@silverspookgames oh thank god! im glad to learn that! It honestly horrible and surprising to find out how many people really do not know, my mother was completely unaware of what happened recently and the history. I know it isnt taught often in schools (or glossed over) where i live, so i had to research it myself to learn the actual history. It seriously needs to change.
@lukac0la Totally. I worked with homeless populations (many Native Hawaiian) including families with two working parents, working in tacky hotels, who were still homeless. They'd be living in cars or just in tents on the sidewalk and routinely have their posessions destroyed, sometimes hit with night sticks and told to "move on", basically because it was not good for the corporate tourism business to "see all you dirty homeless when people are sipping maitais and enjoying sunsets." It's ugly.
@silverspookgames I dont live in Hawaii, my aunt used to tho. I believe she grew up there. She saw that a lot growing up. Now that she has deemed me 'old enough' i hear those stories a lot. I am not quite sure what I want to go to college for, but her stories have inspired me to make sure whatever it is that i do, its something that helps others. Everyone deserves to be treated like a person, no matter what type of situation they are in, or what background they come from.
@lukac0la Exactly, everyone deserves dignity and respect. I myself am native Hawaii from Oahu and was both a teacher and social worker (yes, working two jobs) and my salary barely covered a 1 bedroom apartment for my wife and kids. We were homeless for some time, living out of our car. I had to move from Oahu just for our family to be able to survive. The same way you would buy ethically sourced food, coffee, etc., I hope people look at the businesses they support when vacationing as well.
@silverspookgames F***ing disgusting. That's what it is. -_- I am glad they retracted the warrant, because there is no legal standing for it in the first place!!
Yeah...those corporate, non-Hawaiian interests can just bugger off, as far as I'm concerned. >-> P***es me off so badly.