Kamehameha Schools' Admission Policy Essay

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Kamehameha School’s Admission Policy: Is it Discriminatory? The year is 1883; the location is the Hawaiian Islands. Princess Bernice Pauahi-Bishop, great-granddaughter and last surviving heir to King Kamehameha I, leaves all of her lands, assets, funds to the Hawaiian people under the guidance of her appointed trustees. Her Last Will and Testament states that the trustees would oversee her inheritance and use her endowment to build 2 schools, one for boys and one for girls. She does this in hopes that it would provide educational opportunities to save her people. Moving forward to 2003, with the same admission policy for 120 years of giving preference to children of Hawaiian ancestry being the rule, Kamehameha Schools finds itself in court defending this policy. A Caucasian attorney from California is hired to represent a boy whose admission is revoked once it is discovered by Kamehameha Schools that the application submitted by his mother has false information on it in regards to his bloodline. This lawsuit claims the policy violates section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Is Kamehameha Schools being discriminatory in its decision to deny admission solely because this child had no Hawaiian blood? I think not. This school and all its assets which over the years has continued to accrue and now has an estimated value of $9 billion dollars, not millions but billions was created by an individual’s monies and her desire to give her people a chance to succeed in life. This school has not received any funding or assistance from the state, or federal government. It is a private school for the benefit of the Hawaiian people. The Last Will and Testament of Princess Bernice Pauahi-Bishop was created at a time in Hawaii’s history when all contact with the outside world was nothing but disastrous for the Hawaiian people. Shortly after the arrival of

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