As we stumble towards another Waitangi Day and with the current rancour over a woman assaulted for using Te Reo , let’s ask the question ‘how racist is NZ really’?
Over half our prison population are Maori. Maori perform poorer in education. Maori face deeper poverty and inequality. Maori lost 95% of they land in a century and were almost wiped out as a race.
We have a Police force who admitted last year that they have an ‘unconscious bias’ towards Maori and a mainstream media who didn’t even mention this astounding announcement. You have a GCSB and SIS who were just outed as racist scum yet gain more and more and more unchecked power.
Just think about that for a moment – if the US or Australian Police admitted they are biased against minorities it would have led media there – it happens in NZ and no one mentions it.
Think land confiscations are history footnotes? You have had one of the largest land confiscations in NZs history when Labour stole the foreshore and seabed and you have a new land confiscation looming as the Maori Party work with National to lower the threshold for collective Maori land decisions.
You don’t hear those stats much when we talk about Waitangi Day – you hear white people moaning that they can’t really enjoy Waitangi Day because Maori keep whinging about all the lies, broken promises and land confiscations that have made the Treaty look like a joke.
We are casual about everything in NZ and this is especially true of our racism. We have a dark garden variety bigotry towards everyone not white in NZ, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Maori all suffer from it daily.
In a depoliticised wasteland that is our mainstream media where a racist like Paul Henry and a rich bigot like Mike Hosking control most of the airwaves, this real debate about our racism sits unchallenged in the corner like that drunk South Island relative you only see at Christmas, ready to pounce at any moment with their ill educated brain farts.
Think I’m wrong? Look at the looming issue of water rights.
The NZ Herald points out how ineffective the Land and Water Forum has been in forcing action on the Farming lobby to clean up its act so that our fresh water supply isn’t being polluted. National built the Forum after robbing Environment Canterbury of its democratically elected board because the Farming lobby couldn’t get the water they demanded. National is in the pocket of the farmers so our water quality and 100% pure logo had to suffer to enable the Dairy Lobby to impose their demands upon our shared space.
To enable the $400 million in new irrigation plans, the Government sold our hydro power generating companies, Maori immediately pointed out that water had been gifted to all the people of Aotearoa and that if the Government were going to now privatise that water resource then Maori wanted their ownership rights restored. This proposition is difficult for National to agree to because their right wing supporters loath Maori rights, so Key has had to cast the issue in phrases like ‘no one owns the water’. The reality is that the economic decisions Key’s Government have embarked upon by privatising hydro power companies to allow farmers $400million in irrigation caused the problem with Maori ownership of water – NOT that any of this will be even remembered when the issue comes to a head this year.
Most NZers aren’t even aware of any of the above paragraph so when Don Brash and his racist mates started this crap last year…
…you just know the ignorant bigotry of NZs masses is ripe for exploitation.
We are a racist country, we are just in denial about it.