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Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai iInjustice and Revenge in the Fukunaga Case$
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Jonathan Y. Okamura

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042607

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042607.001.0001

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Fukunaga and Kahahawai

(p.166) Conclusion
Raced to Death in 1920s Hawai i

Jonathan Y. Okamura

University of Illinois Press

The Conclusion provides a racial comparison between the Fukunaga and Kahahawai cases and argues that Joe Kahahawai was also raced to death after being falsely accused of raping Thalia Massie. Based on their previous dispensing of racial injustice against non-Haoles, Haoles knew they could manipulate the criminal justice system for their benefit. So they subverted that system to have the ten-year sentences of the convicted killers of Kahahawai commuted to one hour. The racial significance of the Fukunaga case is hence evident in its illuminating how race maintained Haole supremacy and non-Haole oppression, despite the claims of colorblind justice and multicultural harmony. The chapter discusses the most recent public assertions of colorblindness and multiculturalism in Hawai‘i, which continue to be deployed to sustain ethnic inequality.

Keywords:   Joe Kahahawai, Thalia Massie, rape, lynching, racial injustice, colorblindness, multiculturalism, ethnic, inequality

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