Ed Meese and Todd Gaziano, both of the Heritage Foundation, have an excellent article up at Human Events today on the Native Hawaiians bill.
The term "racist" is too often tossed around in politics, but it should be reserved for pieces of legislation like this.
Though the Supreme Court already rejected a similar scheme in 2000 that Hawaii had instituted, Daniel Akaka still wants his way: the Native Hawaiians Government Reorganization Act would create a separate, race-based government.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights considers (pdf) the legislation discriminatory on the basis of race.
The amazing thing is, as Mary Katherine Ham reports, a vast majority of Hawaiians are against it. Polls of Native Hawaiians are about split. Daniel Akaka and the Senate may impose this race-based system on Hawaii against its will.