What You Need To Know About The Murder of Chuukese Teenager

What You Need To Know About The Murder of Chuukese Teenager

By Ifit Hoppe-Cruz


Aloha kākou. Aloha ʻĀina and Land Back from the occupied nation of Hawaiʻi.

On Monday, April 5th, following a car chase—or as the settler media calls it “a crime spree ending in an officer involved shooting”—Iremamber Sykap, a 16 year old Micronesian (Chuukese) boy was shot 5 times to death by the Honolulu pig department.

He was shot alongside Mark Sykap, an 18 year old boy who was sitting passenger at the time. There were 4 others in the car, none older than 22, the youngest being 14, all of whom were arrested by the very same pigs that killed their driver. 

Rest in power Iremamber Sykap, murdered by pigs and this genocidal system
Rest in power Iremamber Sykap, murdered by pigs and this genocidal system

The response to this horrific tragedy has been disgusting to say the least. Local colonial news outlets such as Hawaiʻi News Now immediately identified  these children as “suspects”—local clout chasing social media sites such as @da808feed shared misleading and disrespectful videos, creating a space for bootlicking locals to spew hateful bullsh*t about micronesians and “criminals.” 

The internet is not the best place to go looking for empathy; conversations after this tragedy lacked basic human decency, with colonizers and some Colonized people who the colony has infected commenting things such as “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” and “one less cockar*ach, prove me wrong.”

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Pig department leader sarah ballard and fellow bootlicking slave catchers

This is very much in line with the local attitude surrounding Micronesian peoples. A study by Myron B. Thompson School of Social work, Bias Against Micronesians in Hawai’i found that 1 in 4 micronesian people have experienced racism at work and 1 in 13 have experienced discrimtnation in public because of their “race.”

The murder itself sticks to the settler state tradition of brutalizing indigenous people. HPD has reported that the highest number of cases of police violence, is committed against Pacific Islanders and Hawaiian People (Kānaka Maoli) It is a widely known fact that Hawaiians are hunted by the pigs disproportionately on their own island. Also, Kānaka Maoli people comprise only about 10% of the population of Hawaiʻi but make up about 40% of the stateʻs incarcerated population. 

The settler colonial state that occupies the nation of Hawaiʻi, with no concern for the welfare of the people, has created a situation in which young Colonized youth are too often forced to resort to gangsterism as a way of protecting themself against the colony, spreading disunity between the Colonized people of this nation with some daring to take the side of our common oppressor over our fellow oppressed. 

King Kalakauā who restored Hawaiian cultural practices and traditions that were suppressed for decades, replaced instead with Christian missionary teachings
King Kalakauā who restored Hawaiian cultural practices and traditions that were suppressed for decades, replaced instead with Christian missionary teachings

We Pasifika people, (people of the pacific, specifically those of Austronesian descent or relation), are united, we are one…the idea of a Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia is a settler lie. We are one family, joined by the ocean and our ability to read the stars! Our King Kalakauā understood this when he attempted to unite Hawaiʻi, Tonga, and Samoa in a Pasifika confederacy. 

As Papa Mau Piailug, a genius micronesian navigator, said, “I have laid the stick that connects people together… build upon that stick a bridge until the day we become united again as a single people, as we were once before; before men separated us with their imaginary political boundaries of today’s Polynesia and Micronesia.”

Mural of Papa Mau Piailug

Much like Papa Mau Piailug believes, Black Hammer believes that all problems and divisions between Colonized people are a result of colonialism. Only through building revolutionary self-determination can Colonized people prevent these acts of  violence committed against our siblings. We will crush the pigs that keep us down and we will win the world…all through Colonized unity and leadership of the Colonized proletariat. 

To help build a world where our children are no longer harassed, hunted down and murdered by pigs, a world where no one lives at the expense of another, join us in taking back control over our lives, labor, land and resources that the colonizers have stolen from us.

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