Heroism In Hawaii

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How do you achieve what people call “social justice”? Simply put, social justice is about seeking equitable treatment for all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, or any other characteristic of a person or group. It is about making sure people are equal, not necessarily by bringing those who are above down, but by raising those who are down to an equal level. As observed throughout history, such equality does not happen on its own, in fact, the goal of people is often to reduce equality. To create equality, to create “social justice”, one must fight for it. And that is what Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii did. She attempted to restore the fairness that the Hawaiian people once had, but which was taken from them by those seeking even more power and profits. Even though she failed, her efforts to empower herself and Hawaiians through political and nonviolent means should be admired and respected. One might say that her failure negates her efforts, but I disagree. Someone failing does not prevent them from being a hero. I would go further and say that her failure is part of her heroism. Lili'uokalani shows us that heroism is not about what you achieved, but is…show more content…
Two thirds of registered voters petitioned for a new constitution (Liliuokalani Chapter XXXVIII para. 12) “It was Queen Liliuokalani's right as a sovereign to issue a new constitution through an edict from the throne”. (UIC para. 4), When people think of heroes, they tend to think of those that have achieved something worthy of heroism. In context of social justice, such heroes could be Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, and Cesar Chavez, to name a few. But Lili'uokalani's failure is part of what makes her a hero. She knew she was in a situation of little power, but she never gave up. Looking back on history, we can obviously see the heroes that turned out victorious. But history cares little for those that don't

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