Day 6 folks.
A 23 year old Millennial performing a classic over share moment by crying on social media has managed to dominate and suck oxygen from any other news for 5 days in NZ now.
The country has divided into two camps, the tiny fraction of very loud voices on social media who have no concept of how alienating they are screaming RACIST and the vast majority of everyone else who are saying, ‘well hold on, didn’t Peter say ‘Waiheke Island is a white mans island too’, that’s not racist is it’?
Today the new target of white men to kill for racism is dear old Phil Gifford…
…Phil of course won awards in 1981 writing against the Springbok tour, but that was over 4 decades ago so he must be racist now.
…what a racist.
That we are at day 6 is incredible folks. Day. 6.
You want the truth about racism in NZ folks?
Is NZ racist? It sure as fuck is!
Last year our Police force admitted they were ‘unconsciously biased’ towards Maori! Maori lost 95% of their land in less than a century! The cultural and societal interaction with Pakeha almost killed the entire race of Maori! Land was stolen and reparations pitiful! 10 000 NZers are in prison and over 60% of them are Maori! 300 000 kids in poverty are many times more likely to be Maori! Education systems fail Maori! Health systems fail Maori! CYFs steal Maori children with barely anyone noticing! Vast numbers of beneficiaries who are Maori are penalised by debt they will never be able to pay off!
Despite promising sovereignty from the Treaty, the truth is Pakeha have done a shit job of living up to that obligation and the last 30 years of neoliberalism has breed a culture in denial about that.
We have real racism in NZ and casually racist skirmishes inside an elite winery look petty in comparison.
Desperately attempting to claim some old duffer like Peter Leitch and now someone like Phil Gifford are racists for what they have said belittles racism.
The ability of the Left to tear itself to pieces over identity politics on social media is the best advert Bill English and National could ever hope for.
Can we get to Day 7?