Friday, August 22, 2003

White people entitlements
There is a rather unique situation here in Hawaii with the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate(KSBE), recently being ordered by a Ferderal Judge to admit a 12 year old non Native Hawaiian to its school, sparking protests, even threats.
On Wednesday, U.S. Judge David Ezra ordered the school to admit Mohica-Cummings to attend the seventh-grade classes, which began yesterday.

Ezra made no ruling on whether the estate's Hawaiian preference admission system was illegal or constitutional.

Mohica-Cummings, who sued the estate to overturn its admission policy, initially was accepted, but school officials rescinded the offer on Aug. 13 after they were unable to confirm his Hawaiian ancestry.
His mother was adopted by a native Hawaiian
The controversy is the latest to hit the $6 billion Kamehameha Schools, whose admission policy gives preference to children of native Hawaiian ancestry. The schools were sued earlier this year by an unnamed non-Hawaiian boy who was denied entry due to his race.

And last year, the estate was forced to admit a non-Hawaiian student to its Maui campus after officials failed to fill all openings with Hawaiian students. The decision caused an uproar in the Hawaiian community and led the estate's trustees to reaffirm its Hawaiians-only preference.

Ezra's decision was protested by 50 members of the Kamehameha Schools ohana at the campus yesterday morning.
Myself can understand why some people are upset, he is talking the place of a native Hawaiian that would have otherwise gotten the prized slot. The school gets more that twice the applications as there are slots. Their policy on Hawaiians-only admissions is an entirely different can of worms. The school was founded in the 1887, well before Hawaii became a State, from the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, decendant of King Kamehameha, is among the wealthiest endowments in the US today, and exists primarily for the benefit of native Hawaiians. Myself sees it as Affirmative Action to the nth power, If a Catholic school can give preference to Catholics, then KSBE can do the same with native Hawaiians. Now to actively exclude non-Hawaiians, well maybe that's going a bit far, but admitting a few non-Hawaiian students should be no big deal, but apparently it is.

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