tropicgothic

tropicgothic:

lightspeedsound:

trubr0wn:

lightspeedsound:

trubr0wn:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

karnythia:

Also, can we talk about how the onus is on black people to speak up for Asian people, but apparently not on Asian people to speak up for black people in colorblinding’s…

Okay. I get that there is a lot of anger on this issue. But I also think that the misdirected anger and the who’s life was worse game is what oppressors of EVERY kind want us to do. Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, POC in general have all been oppressed. Oppressed by white western Europeans. By the Spanish. By other Asians like the Japanese. If you are a world superpower at this time, chances are you have roots in colonialist beginnings when you slaughtered, raped, and enslaved whole nations and peoples and then benefited from it. I AM LOOKING AT YOU AMERICA, BRITAIN, CHINA, JAPAN AND MOST OF EUROPE!

In Hawaii did you know that the plantation system was set up to ALIENATE different minorities from each other with a sliding pay scale based on your ethnicity and gender. The more white you were the better your pay. So Portuguese the most, then Hawaiians, then Chinese, then Japanese, then Filipinos. They claimed that they could tell that you were a better or worse worker based on your ethnicity because Japanese were sneaky by nature etc.  Of course if you were a woman and doing the EXACT SAME WORK you still got paid less but again according to your ethnicity. So Filipino women got the worst pay for example.

http://www.apwu.org/laborhistory/03-3_hawaiilabor/03-3_hawaiilabor.htm

They, the pineapple and sugar cane plantations owners did this so that different ethnicites would hate each other and not band together to strike for better wages. 

And it worked. … For a while.

http://www.ilwulocal142.org/ilwuweb/ilwupages/educationpages/46strike0905.htm

http://www.ilwulocal142.org/ilwuweb/ilwupages/educationpages/49strike0905.htm

Until everyone saw that even during WWII that the majority of people in Hawaii WERE NOT WHITE and that these so called MINORITIES were MAJORITIES. And they had strikes. Peoples homes were taken away. Men and women lost their jobs.

However, it also fostered comrandre amongst plantation etnicities in Hawaii. If you’re Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Portuguese, Chinese, Mexican, Puerto Rican or had to WORK IN THE HOT FUCKING SUN FOR BELOW MINIMUM WAGE you are alright in Hawaii.

ALL OF YOU need to understand that WHEN WE FIGHT EACH OTHER LIKE THIS OUR OPPRESSORS ARE WINNING. They don’t WANT Asians and Black people to get along and band together. They don’t want minorities to realize that they are the MAJORITY!

Because when that happens and we just say to ourselves that’s fucked up and they’ll be coming for me next when they finish with that guy or girl or person, change will start to happen.

We need to fight for our brothers and sisters of all colors BECAUSE WHEN THEY TREAT ONE PERSON LIKE SHIT DON’T FUCKING LET IT HAPPEN OR LAUGH. BITCH THEY COMING FOR YOUR ASS NEXT!

dammitcaleb-deactivated20130328

An important distinction: “Hawaiian” & “from Hawaii”

obentomusubi:

Hawaiian cuisine is not necessarily the same as what’s known as “local cuisine”. Hawaiian cuisine is food that Native Hawaiians cooked once. “Local cuisine” is food that came from the cultural mixing of the various Asian laborer groups as well as white missionaries and plantation owners.

Likewise, someone who’s Hawaiian is actually of Hawaiian descent. Their ancestors lived on the land from before colonization. I can’t say that, personally. I have Polynesian descent, but zero Hawaiian descent.

I’m from Hawaii. I was born and raised there. But I’m not Hawaiian.

So keep that in mind: the next time you see someone from Hawaii, they may very well not be Hawaiian. Calling people from Hawaii “Hawaiian” is sticky, because “Hawaiian” only refers to people whose ancestors lived on the land prior to white colonization.

And calling me Hawaiian is a slap in the face to actual Hawaiians, who are an actual indigenous people with struggles that I as a Japanese American have never been part of.

Get it?