Speaking of Haoles... here's a book recommendation/review lol
Book Review: Haoles in Hawaii
October 8, 2013 1:14 pm
If you’re interested in Hawai’i or just interested in critical race
studies, you ought not miss Haoles in Hawai’i. I found it to be a fast,
accessible read, mercifully short and to the point, unapologetic without
being polemical and one-sided, and highly educational.
Literally translated “haoles” are foreigners, but in contemporary
Hawai’i, “haoles” include all white people, including those born in the
islands. Living as they do in a state of racial limbo, at once the power
elite by race in the U.S. (and Hawai’i is most definitely even if
reluctantly part of the U.S.) and as both a racial minority group and
perpetual foreigners to the islands, white people in Hawai’i have
developed a mutant white racial identity from which there is much to
learn about race, white privilege, and cultural hegemony in America.
Unlike whites in the continental U.S., haoles in Hawai’i are made
acutely aware of their racial and cultural identity, and are often made
vulnerable because of it, experiencing bullying in public schools, and
disdainful looks and even active hostility in many neighborhoods. Even
as parts of the islands have developed into whiteopias where white
people’s racial identities can go relatively unchallenged, most white
people in Hawai’i must grapple with life in a place where whiteness is
not centered and by no means the normative standard.
The unique character of this experience is, in my broad reading of
literature about Hawai’i, nowhere better captured, distilled and
presented than here in this book by Haole University of Hawai’i
professor Judy Rohrer. If you’re interested in white identity politics, I
think you’ll find this book useful. It speaks directly to some of the
challenges that may lie ahead as the browning of U.S. racial
demographics causes white anxiety to rise, and the culture to shift in a
more and more “Hawaiian” direction.
Years ago I heard this word on an episode of Dog the Bounty Hunter but I thought it was short for @sshole. (like they forgot to edit it). The family members were not trying to help Dog/Beth locate a guy.
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