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WHY do some on Saipan call white people “haole”?   Please read these definitions carefully and purge “haole” from your vocabulary:

Haole is a Hawaiian term for individuals. The origins of the word predate the 1778 arrival of Captain James Cook in Hawaii. Its connotations have ranged from merely descriptive to invective, while today it is considered to be pejorative.

Invective (from Middle English invectif, or Old French and Late Latin invectus) is abusive, reproachful, or venomous language used to express blame or censure; or, a form of rude expression or discourse intended to offend or hurt. The Latin adjective invectivus means scolding.

Pejorative is a derogatory term, a slur, a term of disparagement. It is a word or grammatical form expressing a negative connotation or a low opinion of someone or something, showing a lack of respect for someone or something. It is also used to express criticism, hostility, or disregard.

When people of Northern Marianas Descent choose to move to the United States of America, are you treated like this with a total lack of respect and called such a vicious name?

Now that you have purged that word from your vocabulary, how about the next time you approach a “haole” please show some respect as we live happily ever after on this beautiful island.

YEVGENI BELOCHKIN
Capital Hill, Saipan