Colum­bus Day no more

West Hawaii Today - - Opinion - Eric Hafner

The hurt­ful and racist 2017 cel­e­bra­tion of Colum­bus Day in Hawaii, which marked the be­gin­ning of the geno­cide of Na­tive Amer­i­cans, must be the last Colum­bus Day cel­e­brated in our is­lands.

The hol­i­day should be re­placed with a cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tive Hawai­ian and Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­ture as part of In­dige­nous Peo­ples Day.

The colo­nial legacy of U.S. im­pe­ri­al­ism in Hawaii is one of crimes against na­tive peo­ple in­clud­ing in­jus­tice, poverty, theft and death. The United States plun­dered the Hawai­ian King­dom and im­posed for­eign rule on our is­lands.

Work­ing-class peo­ple in Hawaii of all races must stand to­gether and de­mand the for­ma­tion of an in­de­pen­dent, so­cial­ist, and eco-friendly Hawai­ian King­dom. The Hawai­ian lan­guage must be re­stored as the na­tional lan­guage, and the tourism in­dus­try brought un­der pub­lic own­er­ship.

Let’s re­place Trump with a Kame­hameha de­scen­dant as Hawaii’s Com­man­der-in-Chief!

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