The virtue signalling outrage olympics on social media is getting gross now.
Everyone seems to want to twist the tragic death of this young visitor to our shores into their own ideological frame work.
Some men are throwing childish tantrums that this death is being used as a reflection on all men.
Some woke are claiming this is evidence of a wider narrative on patriarchy and that men are trash.
Some Women of Colour are demanding to know if this attention would be given if the victim wasn’t white (I feel some actual sympathy towards that perspective).
And some trans activists are trying to make this about violence against Transpeople, which is bewildering as I think there’s been very few trans murders.
In the heat of the high emotion, especially on social media platforms algorithmically fuelled on subjective outrage, everyone seems to want to politicise this death to fit their own narrow views.
So what do the facts actually tell us?
Between 2007 – 2016 there were 686 people killed by homicide in NZ and 62% of those victims were male and a third were Maori – we do have a violence problem in NZ and it’s male on male violence.
We have a nation of damaged men who damage other men and Māori are disproportionately reflected in that damage, that’s what the facts tell us and if we are to even attempt to fix that, then attempting to create narratives that ignore that reality does little in solving it.
We have a long way to healing this damage.