Rough Draft # 1: Trask’s argument Think of how America got to be the great nation that it is today. Was all the territory they gained acquired the right way? What happened when several, now, states did not want to be annexed and join the United States? Of course many will start to think of violence and injustice, which is accurate. Through out this whole article entry, “The Color of Violence”, Trask emphasizes the need for Hawaii to be returned to its sovereign state by unrevealing the United States’ violent history and the abuse committed against non whites. She also argues that the United States is a racist country whose dominant race are the white people. America, a land of “opportunities”, or so we think. The United States was created for the people by the people but it is as though the government was made to please the dominant race, the white people. In a Social Justice editorial titled “The Color of Violence”, Professor at the University of Manoa and indigenous nationalist, Haunani-Kay Trask states that America is not a land of equality or freedom and that “a hierarchy by color [does indeed] exists (22)”. Her purpose is to convince the reader that Hawaii needs to be returned to its sovereign state. Trask supports her arguments by providing the reader with historical examples in order to testify the colonists cruelty against the Native Americans and then as her main claim, finally, develops she gives examples of injustices committed against Hawaii and its people and the need to be returned to its sovereign state. The United States is not the righteous nation one makes it out to be because if one were to look back at the origins of America, one thing that will be clearly evident throughout it all is the unjust treatment toward colored people. There is no way to hide that. Trask claims that the
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- Spring '08
- Political Science, Native Americans in the United States, Kaunani Trask