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Volume 49, Number 9 (June 1948)

Farrington, J. R.
A Badger expert speaks his mind,   p. 36


Page 36


A BADGER
EXPERT
SPEAKS
HIS MIND
               4dmi~ie~aS4e I/9& Side.
   THE TIME HAS COME to admit Hawaii to the Union as the
 49th state.
   The people of this territory have demonstrated that they are
 fully capable of self-government, and they believe they have been
 promised it. They are entitled to their rights as American citizens.
 These rights can be realized completely and irrevocably only as
 citizens of a sovereign state.
   Granting statehood to Hawaii at this time would greatly enhance
 the influence of the United States in the Pacific and among all de-
 pendent peoples. I would demonstrate our belief in the principles of
 democracy and self-determina-
 tion. The House of Representa- proved, that loyalty to this country is
 tivesrecognized the Housoudn of Rnot a question of race but of the heart
 tives recognized the soundness of and mind.
 this policy by adopting on June        In the light of our declarations
in
 30, 1947, H.R. 49, the bill pro- behalf of democracy and self-deter-
 viding statehood for Hawaii, and     mination, in the light of our responsi-
 sent it to the Senate where it is bilities for the government of the
 now  pending.                        Pacific Islands, in the light of our
                                      hopes for the Philippines and our ob-
   For close to a century now, jectives in China, and more particularly
Hawaii has been the great meet- Korea and Japan, we of the United
ing ground of the Pacific people. States cannot afford now to deny to our
                                      own people in Hawaii the privileges
They have found, in the tradition     and responsibilities of democracy that
of the native Hawaiian people, a      can be achieved only by state govern-
measure of friendship, tolerance, ment.
and fair play unparalleled in the       Admission of Hawaii to statehood
world today. These people have come will give the nation the full benefit
of
to Hawaii through a period of over a  one of the most successful experiments
century, from every one of the forty- in American democracy. It will also
eight states, from many countries of give to the people of the Pacific area
Europe, from   Japan, and from   the and of the Far East a vital example,
Philippines. Each has made an import- close at hand, of American democracy
ant contribution to the development of at work. Thus it will reinforce immeas-
these islands. In the American system urably the efforts this nation is mak-
of free public school education eco- ing to strengthen democracy every-
nomic opportunity and political equal- where.
ity, they have found a sound basis for  It will help greatly to establish
the
living in happiness and harmony, de- far-reaching beneficial influence of
the
spite their unusually diverse racial United States throughout the Pacific
origin,                               and serve to emphasize to our country
  Today all but a small portion of its responsibilities and opportunities
in
Hawaii's people are American citizens, the Pacific area. It will bring to
the
The war proved their loyalty beyond   United States Congress, for the solu-
the shadow of a doubt. The record of tion of our national problems, repre-
the FBI and the army and navy in- sentatives who are familiar with the
telligence services show that there was people, the trade, and the culture
of
no sabotage and no subversive activ- the Pacific as well as with the prob-
ities among Hawaii's people. The lems of our national defense.
Americans of Japanese ancestry who      All of this has been recognized by
composed the 100th Infantry were all the national House of Representatives
from Hawaii. They became the most which gave overwhelming approval of
highly-decorated unit in the American Hawaii's immediate entrance into the
army and were also the spearhead of Union as a state.
units formed subsequently of Ameri-     Hawaii was ceded to the United
cans of Japanese ancestry from   all States by the people of those islands
of
parts of the country. They were the their own free will. With faith in the
product of Hawaii's system of educa- future and confidence in the integrity
tion, economic opportunity and political of this country they placed themselves,
equality. They proved, if anything ever their islands, and their destiny
in the
36
THE AUTHOR, shown here on the cover
of Time Magazine, is no stranger to
headline billings and cover-boy poses.
His one-man campaign for Hawaii's ad-
mission as the 49th state has rolled
through Congress with increasing mo-
mentum. Meanwhile the Badger journal-
ist-legislator reiterates his arguments in
speeches and articles like this one writ-
ten exclusively for the Alumnus. Joe
Farrington's rapid political rise since the
blasting of Pearl Harbor has been phe-
nomenal, but no more so than his other
achievements. He went, as a boy, to a
Hawaiian school where he was one of
a handful from the states. He won a cup
for "doing most for the school." Later at
the UW he made an outstanding record
in the J-school in South Hall, returned to
Hawaii to become managing editor of
the Star-Bulletin. On campus he roomed
with Philip La Follette, married a mission-
ary's daughter, Mary Elizabeth Pruett, '18.
Of her, Robert S. Allen, UW x'23, had this
to say in Washington Merry-Go-
Round: "If Hawaii wins its statehood,
the glamorous territory will owe a lot
of thanks to glamorous Mrs. Farrington.
'Betty' talks, fights, agitates, lobbies and
even dances for her cause. At a recent
gathering in Iowa, she was asked to
dance the hula. She responded and then
said, 'Now that I've performed at your
request, I want to perform at my own'-
and forthwith made an ardent plea for
support of Hawaiian statehood." Joe Far-
rington returned last May to Madison to
speak at the diamond jubilee banquet
of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. In an
open letter, the (Madison) Capital Times
lauded his fight in behalf of Hawaii.
hands of the American people. Today
after almost fifty years of tutelage they
are prepared for the responsibilities of
statehood. They believe this is their
right and their destiny.
  As American citizens we ask finally
to be admitted to the Union as a matter
of simple justice and fair play. It now
remains for the United States Senate
to act. The hour of great decision is
here.


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