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

Nanette Napoleon (0:49)
Injustices Today

If the Massie case happened today the whole Hawaiian community would be up in arms. I don't think it would ever happen today to that level. I think there are still injustices going on in the community on the criminal level, or I guess you would say, judicial level. Many more Hawaiians are accused of crimes in our community, far more than any other ethnic group. So that still goes on, but not to the extent that happened during the Massie case. It was so blatantly ethnically driven. I don't think that would ever occur today. And if it did the Hawaiian community would be protesting. There would be riots in the street, I think.

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