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February 9, 2011

I MENTIONED THE “ONE-DROP RULE” EARLIER TODAY, and Ryan Garcia sent this law review article on the Akaka Bill and how it implements the one-drop rule for native Hawaiians. “The question is how much ethnic Hawaiian blood should special legislation for ethnic Hawaiians require. That the vast majority – ninety percent – of ethnic Hawaiians are comprised of less than fifty percent ethnic Hawaiian blood makes this question particularly pertinent. . . . Nor is cultural orientation or identification what special legislation for ethnic Hawaiians requires. Blood is at issue here because blood determines and denies eligibility for ethnic entitlement programs.”

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