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October 22, 2007

UPDATE: On Oct. 24, the House passed H.R. 505 by a vote of 261-153.The battle now moves to the U.S. Senate.
House to Vote on Establishing Hawaiian Race-Based Government

Urge your Representative to vote NO on H.R. 505!

For those of you who thought that modern American society viewed racial division and ethnic separation as offensive and a thing of the past, well, think again! The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to bring a bill to the floor this week which will create a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian “tribe.”

Sponsored by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI-1), the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2007 (H.R. 505), will create a Hawaiian race-based government for people with Native Hawaiian blood living anywhere in the United States. H.R. 505 would create a racially separate government that would operate like an Indian tribe with its own laws and racial voting restrictions anywhere in the United States. This new “tribe” would include about 20 percent of Hawaii’s residents plus some 400,000 Americans nationwide, making it larger than any actual Indian tribe.

H.R. 505 has many problems:

  • To become part of the “tribe,” wherever located, one must only prove direct lineage of an aboriginal Hawaiian. According to the bill, a Native Hawaiian is anyone of the “indigenous, native people of Hawaii” who is a “direct lineal descendant of the aboriginal, indigenous, native people.” So, you don’t have to have lived in Hawaii or ever had any affiliation with Native Hawiian culture, language or politics. All you need is one drop of the right kind of blood!
  • It is unconstitutional for Congress to create a tribe. To create a race-based government is discrimination. The 14th Amendment states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.”
  • Citizens in all 50 states will be Balkanized: different laws enforced for different races within the same community. The Supreme Court, in Rice v. Cayetano, stated, “One of the reasons race is treated as a forbidden classification is that it demeans the dignity and worth of a person to be judged by ancestry instead of by his or her own merit and essential qualities.”
  • This bill does not assure that the new race-based government will be democratic. The bill gives Native Hawaiians “self-determination” to choose total independence or any other form of government.

Native Hawaiians should not be treated as a separate racial group, but as U.S. citizens, just like the rest of us! The House will vote this week! Call your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on H.R. 505!

Take Action

Target list of Representatives: Alexander, Bono, Boyda (KS), Hastert, Hunter, Pearce, Peterson Peterson(PA), Pryce (OH), Rahall, Renzi, Cannon, Capito, Cole (OK), Davis (KY), Ellsworth, Emerson, Jones (NC), Kingston, LaHood, LaTourette, LoBiondo, Lucas, Marshall, Shadegg, Shimkus, Simpson, Skelton, Smith (NJ), Fortenberry, Gilchrest, Gingrey, Wilson (NM), Young (AK).

Call Your Representatives Today!

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

Further Reading:

Does Hawaii Want To Secede From The Union?
by Phyllis Schlafly, 9-28-05

The Hawaiian Race
by the National Review Editorial Board, 10-24-7

Multicultural Racism
by Peter Kirsanow, 10-24-07

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