American Experience
Hawai'ians Remember Hawai'ians Remember

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Grieving for Joe KahahawaiStories About the Massie CaseFear of the MilitaryPrejudice in the Haole CommunityThe Case's Impact on Hawai'iansAssessing the JuryCould It Happen Again?Racial TensionsA Threat to StatehoodInjustices Today

Jon Osorio (1:01)
The Case's Impact on Hawai'ians

By the 1930s it's very clear America is going nowhere. They're not leaving the Islands and were there for good. But I think this is also a period of time in which many things have changed. The education system is making an effort to turn Hawaiians into American citizens. I think we have become accustomed, after many years, to treat injustice with grief, rather than with anger. And I think that that changes after Massie. I think that changes after Massie. And I think when the Hawaiians begin to see really the depths to which Americans will go to protect their own, even to betray their own values and their own institutions of justice, I think it resulted in a wiser Hawaiian community.

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