Island Voices: Racism and localism in Hawaii politics has dark side
Mufi Hannemann, seeking a union endorsement, says: "I look like you, you look like me.
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#1 Aug 9, 2010
I agree somewhat, and disagree that Hawaii has attained some epitome of diversity. I don't see it except for the faces, or should I say facade. When it comes to preferable treatment, it is all too easy to see in the workforce - as what jobs are held by what people. It's not hard to see who pushes most brooms; who steam washes most sidewalks, etc; who is most visible and invisible. Subtle yes, but strong in it's effect when practiced by the cronyism that accompanies the localism, that disguises racism, which at times, translates into a hatred of anything outside Hawaii, or any 'outsider'. The reality is in the words, or euphemisms. Any politician should know the power of numbers and the efficiency of synergy. Viewing Hawaii through rainbow colored glasses won't change the reality, no matter how well hidden, disguised, or subtle. Those of us, who have been here long enough, have seen heard and can feel the seething hatred between some of the various ethnicities and races. Coffee?
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