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  • Writer's pictureHannah Telluselle

A new American revolution?

With all that happened on January 6th 2021, when a crowd of Trump supporters barged into the US Capitol building, I've been remembering what I was told in Honolulu, HI in 2012. I was talking in the prison kitchen with one of their staff (who was dating US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the time) about how some of the Hawaiians wanted to restore their kingdom, which was overthrown by the US Government on Jan 17th, 1893. Given my own noble heritage and living in the kingdom of Sweden, I took a natural interest and curiosity in this, while I also grew empathy through listening to locals and by dancing Hula.

I was told, that if I would have wanted to lead a revolution of a sorts, I would be seen as a foreign enemy and breaking the law, but as a US citizen, they would be entitled to try reclaim their state. Is it then really illegal to storm the Capitol? If the US would be led by corruption or any other systemic discrimination, how would one oppose, if not through such an act? Wasn't it how the US was made? One would hope that Democracy with fair elections should be enough, and be respected as such. But, what if all the former inmates were allowed to vote again? Isn't withholding them this right also a form of breach against democracy? I think it might be so.

The Hawaiian state flag always hang next to the American flag.

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