April 14, 2023
Pope Francis Repudiates Colonialism
On March 30, Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church issued a stunning statement repudiating the “Doctrine of Discovery”. This is the doctrine that emerged from the “Papal Bulls”, edicts issued over 500 years ago by various Popes, that gave license (blessings) to European countries to colonize and plunder the lands of peoples who were not Christians. The Doctrine of Discovery is the very basis for the vestiges of colonialism which are still embedded in today’s dominant global culture and economic system.
In the 1800s while the rest of the Pacific nations (and much of the rest of the world) became colonies of European powers, because the Hawaiian Kingdom was a Christian profoundly nation, the major colonial countries of the day recognized the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign state. Which is what 50 years later, made the U.S. hand in overthrowing and annexing the Hawaiian Kingdom even more egregious.
The US could not apply the ʻDoctrine of Discoveryʻ to take Hawaii. So what they resorted to was... out-and-out piracy.
In order to “annex” Hawaii, the US pretended Hawaii was not a sovereign state. They used fake news to depict Hawaiians as a bunch of ignorant, incompetent heathens, whose leaders begged the US to rescue Hawaii from its heathen ways.
At the time, Americans (and Europeans) were steeped in racial prejudices (white supremacy), and the campaign of Manifest Destiny (a ‘mission from God’ to spread Americanism overseas), so they justified taking the Hawaiian Islands as a gracious and noble thing to do.
But what about those countries with Hawaiian Kingdom treaties? They looked the other way! For they too were engaged in grabbing Pacific Islands and huge tracts of lands throughout the world. They couldn’t tell the US to back down from Hawaii when they themselves were doing not only the same thing, but worse! Besides, they saw us Hawaiians as dark like the other people they were colonizing. The colonial system dictated non-whites should be ruled by Whites.
So when the US “annexed” Hawaii, no one blinked. Although Hawaii was not a colony, the US proceeded to treat Hawaii as a colony, just like all the other colonizers treated their colonies.
As Dr. Alfred deZayas states in his memorandum, “Hawaii is under a strange form of occupation.” He could have just as easily said “Hawaii is under a strange form of colonization”.
The Pope’s statement repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery is good, but it does not change policy. In discussing the issue with a Vatican theologian a while back (like 10 years ago) he said, “What is there to rescind? There hasn’t been colonization for years.” To some degree he is right.
In 1946, the 51 founding members of the United Nations agreed that one of the primary goals of the UN would be to decolonize the rest (75%) of the world. It was a huge success. The UN has added 142 countries to its original membership; about 80 came through the UN’s decolonization process and the rest through wars of liberation and the breakup of larger countries like the Soviet Union.
There are still 17 territories left on the UNʻs decolonization list. But there are many more, perhaps 50-100 that should be considered.
Hawaii and Alaska fall into the category of territories that have already been decolonized. That happened through devious manipulation of the decolonization process by the fake plebiscites in Alaska (1958) and Hawaii (1959) that were used to manufacture consent to statehood. This is why our path to Free Hawaii is to initiate a call for the General Assembly to conduct a review of its role in validating the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii.
The review will cause the General Assembly to uncover the US fraud that caused the GA to erroneously adopt Resolution 1469. In finding the error, the GA would be obligated to rescind Resolution 1469, nullifying the US claim to Hawaii and releasing, by default, the Hawaiian Kingdom to resume governance over the Hawaiian Islands.
Getting the UN to rescind 1469 is a much more direct and immediate way to Free Hawaii than rescinding the Papal Bulls and the Doctrine of Discovery.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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