By the time I had come to write this piece, the Herald Online article had been removed and I could no longer find the link. However, from memory the headline read something like “Maori hurt by racist comments from Sir Bob Jones”. The article continued with Auckland City Mission head, Chris Ferrelly, accusing Sir Bob Jones of taking the ‘easy option’ of racially stereotyping all beggars as ‘fat Maoris’. It is hardly an ‘easy’ option to criticise Maori in politically correct New Zealand as we shall see.
After removing the original online article the Herald issued a more sanitised version and offered the following correction and apology after being contacted by Sir Bob.
Correction and apology: An earlier version of this story and headline stated Sir Bob Jones had described the "homeless" as a disgrace to society. Jones has written to the Herald to state he was referring to beggars, not the homeless. The Herald regrets the error and apologises to Jones.
City Mission agrees with Sir Bob Jones on beggars
The Auckland City Mission agrees with property magnate Sir Robert Jones on the need to rid city streets of beggars.
"We share a common vision here. Sir Bob wants people off the street. So do we," city missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald.
In another article this appeared.
Mary-Jane Shepherd said: "As a Maori New Zealander, I am saddened and disappointed to hear yet another public example of casual racism by a prominent New Zealander.
"It concerns me that men who are looked up to by the public and have earned the privilege of being knighted speak so cruelly and spitefully of Maori people. Sir Bob talks of [beggars] being fat Maori who are uneducated and yet provides no hard evidence for us when making such a provocative statement.
"These words of Sir Bob's hurt me and hurt my people. They hurt all of us.''
The truth can certainly hurt, and the truth is that most of the beggars are not homeless but are part of an organised extortion racket. They squat outside ATMs and high viz retail outlets preying on passers by, sometimes demanding money with menaces. They are frequently overweight or obese Maoris.
Once you use the term Maori in a less than flattering context it is almost inevitable that you will be accused of that great shibboleth of the progressive left, ‘racism’. It is the ritual term of abuse to be used against all those bold enough to challenge any current leftist orthodoxy. So if you challenge ‘climate change’ you’re a racist; if you challenge the tribal separatist agenda you’re a racist; if you think capitalism not big government has delivered the world from poverty you are a racist; if you think Donald Trump is good for the USA you are a racist; if you think mass immigration from the middle east can be harmful you are, sin of sins, a racist AND an Islamaphobe. And so it goes on. It’s all so predictable, so boring, so lacking in honesty, so tiresome, so juvenile. The net effect has been to render the word meaningless. If you think about it, it has always been. There is only one ‘race’, the human race. After that we are all mongrels.
Making begging illegal is the only way beggars can be removed from the streets. The enablers, especially those on Auckland Council like Cathy Casey, who bleat on about the ‘poor and homeless’, are the ones who disadvantage the truly homeless by allowing the criminals to thrive.
Sir Bob Jones is known for being a straight shooter, calling a spade a spade. Not for him the ritualistic apologies demanded by the rabid left. Not for him the PR companies making matters worse. No, he has stood his ground and fought back. It is the only way to deal with the progressive left. It is the Herald that has had to apologise and remove its article.
The real lesson here is that in order to meet the challenges of society people must be free to speak out. Silencing people by accusing them of being racist only works when they believe it. The good news is that more people around the world are standing their ground and refusing to accept the labels placed on them by the progressive left. Only in this way will the pernicious doctrine of political correctness be defeated. It is only when there is honest, open debate that society can tackle its social problems and find solutions.
Good on Sir Bob Jones for telling it like it is.
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