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Haunani Kay Trask

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The Color of Violence

This article traces the legacy for Native peoples of European-introduced diseases, malnutrition and brutal enslavement, fatal forms of punishment, and sexual abuses via colonization. This historical process was an official policy of genocide. The color of violence has been the color of white over black, brown, red, and yellow peoples. Shaping this color scheme are the labyrinths of class and gender, of geography and industry, of metropoles and peripheries, of sexual definitions and confinements. The essay pays particular attention to the implications for the indigenous population of Hawaii.

Hawaii, Euro-American colonialism, racism, dominant culture, genocide, violence

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 31, No. 4 (2004): 8-16.