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Saint Damien Of Molokai Hawaii: Just some dead white guy to AOC

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AOC goes on a stupid rant because his statue is in the Capital building. Therefore patriarchy, white supremacy etc. She didn’t have a clue who this guy was, just that he was some dead white guy.

“It’s not Queen Lili’uokalani…the only Queen Regnant of Hawaii, who is immortalized and whose story is told. It is Father Damien,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Facebook story in which she lamented the absence of statues of female figures in the Capitol. “This is what patriarchy and white supremacist culture looks like!”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) singled out a statue of Father Damien, a Catholic priest who ministered to a Hawaiian leper colony, as an example of “white supremacist culture.”

Father Damien, born Jozef de Veuster in Belgium, arrived in Hawaii in 1864 when the islands were an independent kingdom. The priest conducted missionary work on the islands and for the last 16 years of his life ministered to a leper colony, until he died after contracting leprosy himself. A statue of Father Damien stands in the U.S. Capitol.

. @AOC calls the statue in the US capitol building of Father Damien, a canonized saint in the Catholic Church, a part of “white supremacist culture.”

Father Damien died of leprosy after spending his life serving others who had the disease.

He wasn’t even an American. He was from Belgium. When he was in Hawaii it was still an independent nation. And he’s a cultural hero to Hawaiians even today.  And Hawaii never was much of any kind of colony to the US.

St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, said Dallas Carter, a native Hawaiian and a catechist for the diocese of Honolulu, in an interview with CNA.

“Any Hawaiian here who is aware of their history–which most Hawaiians are–would absolutely, Catholic or not, defend the legacy of Damien as a man who was embraced by the people, and who is a hero to us because of his love for the Hawaiian people,” Carter said.

“We did not judge him by the color of his skin. We judged him by the love that he had for our people,” Carter told CNA.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez throws shade at a sculpture of a man who lived and died among lepers. The non-white queen of the nation he served honored him. And a statue which commemorates him was created by a Hispanic woman who employed native art forms.

Looks like the freshman Congresswoman from New York picked the wrong statue and the wrong priest to castigate. But now the nation knows more about a man who was both heroic and compassionate. Thanks, AOC!

Great info at the above links, plus more if you want (including details on the statue, carved in Hawaiian totem style by a French Venezuelan immigrant feminist woman artist):
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Damien-of-Molokai
https://beforeitsnews.com/religion/2020/07/after-aoc-decries-statue-hawaiian-catholic-says-st-damien-of-molokai-gave-his-life-serving-lepers-2553777.html
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/father-damien-ministered-to-native-hawaiians-in-a-leper-colony-now-aoc-calls-him-a-colonizer


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/01/2020 at 04:44 PM   
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