The front cover of last months racism issue by MANA magazine says it all.
Maori are 380% more likely to be convicted of a crime and 200% more likely to die from heart disease and suicide. Maori are paid 18% less and 34% leave school without a qualification. Maori die earlier and suffer more. It’s not fair
No, it’s beyond ‘not fair’ it is a morally reprehensible obscenity in a country that pretends that it is egalitarian.
I believe that the majority of white New Zealanders live in a constant state of wilful ignorance when it comes to racism in this country. The facts of how racist our system really is are glaring in the statistical outcomes, but still we have the Don Brash’s of this country screaming Maori privilege.
They are Trump like in their denial.
As we collectively wept the late, late, late, late, late, late, late, late empty worded apology last week for the atrocity at Parihaka, can we look upon the current state of Maori with any less sorrow?
It took 136 years to get an apology for Parihaka, who will apologise for the racist failures of NZ since the Treaty?
I do not believe that there is enough courage within white New Zealand to start holding the NZ system to account.
I believe we need to be confronted by the racism of our country by a new Maori uprising.
The horror of those statistics of failure on the front cover of MANA magazine won’t change if we wait for white NZ to acknowledge them.
Imagine if one day a month, every month, Maori from across New Zealand went on strike and marched in the main streets demanding a response to the racism of our country.
If every month , Maori from across the nation stopped work and went on strike to protest the racism of this nation, white NZ would be forced to confront the truth of the culture of unconscious bias that has become institutionalised racism.
White NZ won’t change unless it is forced to change. The fact it took 136 years to apologise for Parihaka is proof positive of that.