Briana NievesOzzie MongeAMIND 1205 Oct. 2107The Color of Violence by Haunani Kay TraskCalifornia Governor Peter Burnett desired war against Natives until “Indians became extinct,” and due to this there is an idea that is being taught that all natives are dead, which is false. Although the majority don’t dress as the stereotypical Indian, native Indians are still alive in America. Educator and political scientist, Haunani-Kay Trask, in her article “The Color of Violence” (2004) addresses the topic of discrimination by arguing that indigenous women are suffering through “peaceful violence” or colonial violence through the killing of women of color by social structures that are oppressive, this act of discrimination is brought by communists. She supports this claim by giving her audience the definition of how genocide was seen throughout Hawaii and other native areas, then when Trask uses the word “haole” towards those who have caused destruction it natives life, and finally the use of the word “peaceful violence.” Trask’s purpose is to call attention to bystanders and those who are uninformed of the truth of how America was built and how Hawaii became a part of America in order to gain support and to inform others of what America is built upon and so natives can gain back their culture and lands. She adopts a passionate, assertive, angry tone for her audience, the reader of Social Justice and others interested in the topic of how America was truly founded and the history of native Hawaiian’s before being a part of the United States. This paper will focus on depicting what America actually is and how they affected native Hawaiian’s.Nieves 1
In the article written by Haunani Kay Trask, “The Color of Violence,” Trask argues that native women suffer through “peaceful violence” (Trask, 10) brought by communists. Communists wanted Indians extinct and they even had an official policy in order to make sure they were all dead. When communists came to Hawaii, they came with the idea to conquest and because of that “Mission Indians died as a result of European- introduced diseases, malnutrition and brutal enslavement, fatal forms of punishment, and sexual abuses.” (Trask,8) They exterminated Indians until “the Indian become extinct.” This “extinction” did work because in
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