Image: “Lydia Kamakaeha” by unknown – onipaa.orgHawaii State Archives. Call Number: PP-98-10-009. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia
This beautiful sister was the last queen of Hawaii. Unfortunately, she and her people suffered the same fate as the copper-colored people found in America (by the same perpetrators). In 1894, she was unlawfully stripped of her sovereignty and overthrown by the U.S. government. This was during the same time period in which the copper-colored people of America were being forced from their land and “civilized” by the Europeans. It was then that Hawaii was annexed to the United States.
The difference between copper-colored people of America (who think they’re Black), and Hawaiian people is that Hawaiians are currently organizing to fight for their sovereignty. Before Blacks in America can come together for any such movement, we must first wake up to who we really are.
Queen Lydia Liliuokalani – biography.com
Debate on Federal Recognition for Native Hawaiians – civilbeat.com
The next time you see a Hawaii tourism commercial advertising a vacation or you actually get to go there yourself, think about the last Queen of Hawaii and the indigenous people who are fighting for what’s rightfully theirs. Hopefully this will motivate you to find out who you are and fight for your own rights.