Children in State Care:At some point the enormity and horror of an underfunded agency stealing children from their parents and placing them into state care where they are abused is going to shame the nation into action. Unfortunately it gains little or no attention because the majority of kids taken are Māori and with no Māori Party to champion this, the issue stays under the radar.
…The Hui and Waatea Radio have worked incredibly hard at breaking this story earlier this year, but because of the deeply racist manner in which NZ media unconsciously works, it doesn’t become news until Pakeha media investigates it.
We all accept that there will be some parents who are a danger to their children, but they are the exception, not the rule, and the incredibly low thresholds being used to seize children is just unacceptable. We know these children have more risk of being abused in State care, we know these children taken into state care tend to turn up in our prisons, we know that we are not supporting vulnerable parents to help them be the best parents they can be.
We just waltz in and take new born babies from the arms of mothers.
And we do it with such ease the the Mother is Māori.
It sickens me and listening to these Wellington bureaucrats justify this abuse is galling.
We know how the neoliberal welfare state treats the most vulnerable, their crocodile tears wipe away none of this ugly stain.
I swear, if the bloody State attempted to take my child from me, I would cut every one of them down.
Every. Single. One.
How can this be the Politics of Kindness?