My Lyfestyle Through Lyrics
In college I learned a lot of things in a lot of my courses, but the courses I truly enjoyed we’re my anthropology courses. Learning about other countries, their history, their culture and their traditions was an escape for me. I’ve traveled to many places growing up as a military brat and being heavily involved with athletics at a national and international level, but my anthropology professors had this unique innate ability to draw in students attention when giving a lecture.
In my Oceania anthropology courses, it was fun sharing my own experience of being a Polynesian and sharing how similar and different other countries under the umbrella of Polynesia are in comparison to one another. What my fellow pupils found interesting and quite admirable was the tight knit families our cultures had and the comradery we shared within the Polynesian culture. Not only do we display that amongst each other, but we live by example by being that way with non-Polynesians as well. I love when people witness that and acknowledge that as an admirable characteristic in our culture. It makes me proud to be Tongan. It makes me proud to be alongside my fellow “Polys” or “Nesians”: (an affectionate term of endearment we use to group ourselves in) Hawaiians, Samoans, Maoris and Fijiians.
However, there is a certain point that is reached when one’s pride becomes disturbingly ignorant. How? I’ll show you a few of many ignorant statements that was made by a Polynesian tweeter. I’m only sharing this for discussion purposes, but if you aren’t in the mood to read opinionated ignorance, then don’t read any further. However, if you’re in the mood for discussion and debate, please read further and comment afterwards.
Twitter is all fun in games until someone gets hurt. Be it physically, emotionally or mentally, I don’t condone such ignorance. It’s ignorance, right? Apparently the tweeter didn’t think so.
The tweeter responded to a hurt follower that is Hawaiian. In the midst of pride and prejudice, the tweeter completely ignores the Hawaiian’s feelings. I stared at my cell screen analyzing the situation because I know the tweeter. Initially I was appalled. I still am, but I’m puzzled as to why the tweeter thinks that a personal opinion or personal “experience” isn’t ignorant. It can be! And it IS!
I scroll further into this tweeter’s timeline to see what other “confessions” we’re made because I’m the kind of person that wants to know… even of what I read is more ignorant than what I’ve already read. So I scroll on and see regular tweets and then…BOOM! IRONY!
Yes. Really! How ironic is this tweet? I literally laughed out loud because it was contradictory to his/her own actions. I scroll a little further. And again I laughed out loud.
Your brain cells aren’t adding up? I’m sorry, I had one of those “laugh to keep from screaming” moments. I immediately logged off and went to discuss things with my followers on my other social accounts. It’s Friday. I wasn’t in the mood to have a “twiscussion”. As disappointed as I was with such ignorant and contradictory statements, I wasn’t in the mood to kick off a discussion on twitter today, especially on a Friday. I wasn’t in the mood to confront the tweeter. I’ll pick and choose my battles wisely. This one, wasn’t worth it. If the tweeter overlooked a Hawaiian’s feelings, what would my input matter? I just felt like blogging about it instead; gathering my own thoughts and feelings and posting them here in my own safe haven.
Think about the things you say and do. For every action there’s a reaction. The history of Hawaii and the greater good Hawaiians have done to help pave the way for the rest of us Polynesians to have a better life here in America shouldn’t be overlooked.
Thurgood Marshall (First black Supreme Court Justice) frequented Hawaii not only because of the scenery but also because of the people and their aloha spirit. Everyone knows that Hawaii is the home state of President Barack Obama. I mention this because these politicians and past ones as well were introduced to Polynesia because of Hawaii. We were once ONE people and lived on ONE land. The divisive mentality happened somewhere along the way. I only hope this tweeter and other ignorant people see the light sooner rather than later.
What do you consider Polynesia? Are you familiar with the differences and similarities between Samoa, Hawaii and Tonga? If you’re non-Polynesian, we’re you aware that intra-racial issues exist within the Polynesian cultures?
Until next post,