The End Of Race Olson Summary

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In Steve Olson’s article, “The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples,” he mainly talks about how the mixing of race can eventually lead to the pure races being meaningless due to there being a lot of mixed race and eventually rarely having a pure race. Olson talks about “Hapa haoles” in the beginning of his article, which means half European, half non-European. The first Hapa Haoles were born on the island of Maui in the end of 1779. This was the beginning of the mixed race. The European’s, which were considered dirty, “reduced the native population [of Polynesians] to fewer than 50,000,” in Hawaii at the year 1891, because of the diseases they brought(Olson, 301). Due to the decrease of Polynesians and the increase of Europeans, the chances…show more content…
I agree with the prompt because eventually the white race and the black race will be mixed whether it’s with each other or another race. Olson brings up statistics to prove his point when it comes to the United States. He uses the years 1990 and 2000 to prove that the number of interracial couples quadrupled. The number went from 1.5million to 55milion married couples. Within 10 years the number had quadrupled meaning that the pure races such as white, African American, Asians, and Native American’s are decreasing. Due to the huge group of mixed races, it’ll be a lot harder to discriminate and eventually the idea of the pure race will diminish. Olsen talks about the discrimination of each pure race and how they were treated poorly. Olsen ends his article by saying, “When we look at another person, we won’t think Asian, black, or white. We’ll just think: person,” (Olson 310). He makes a huge point, because we should not judge other people by their race and eventually in the far future, race wouldn’t be a huge issue since everyone will be

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