How violent were Hawaii’s George Floyd demonstrations?
What were Hawaii’s George Floyd demonstrations like?
Over 10,000 people demonstrated in Hawaii over the murder of George Floyd. How violent did the demonstrations get? How do those demonstrations reflect Hawaii islander cultural values? I cover these topics in this video.
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The reasons you put in your video about how Hawaii is, are the reasons why my parents came here in 1966 from the mainland and established our family her in Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii is not perfect and as a haole kid in lower Makakilo, I faced enough of that racism that you mention in your piece, but on the playground and typically resolved quickly with a chat between parents and the principal of the school. Even during one demonstration that I was part of – the “Death of Education” march from UH to the State Capitol in 1994, the most violent thing that happened there was a bunch of students swearing at the Governor and one throwing a bottle of water.
Pretty level-headed tame compared to what happens on the mainland where everyone is just looking for a reason to loot during chaos.
It could be that this is a way we continue to deal with things going forward, maybe to keep the sanity of our community during this time when outlooks on the future are as varied as how one throws darts at a dart board.
Thanks Stan for the as-usual excellent kamaaina comments. Really appreciated!
How violent? I’m kinda offended by the question. I saw the paddleouts and I thought they were beautiful. Why would you even ask about violence?
How far into the video did you watch?