Leaving aside my own assertion that the whole use of race as a political weapon is ridiculous because, as we know from the human genome project, there is no such thing as ‘race’, the reality we are faced with in New Zealand is that there are groups who claim all manner of ‘special needs’ based on part of their ancestry. Such special needs groups use race as a weapon to beat the living daylights out of people who they think are ‘different’ from them and who they believe owe them something. It is nonsense, but sadly this nonsense is polluting the nation.
It takes great courage to stand up against this type of political brow beating and I take my hat off to the good folk at Democracy Action who call out the culprits. Without such groups and individuals prepared to risk the ‘racist’ label, New Zealand is in danger of slipping into a cultural divide based on a notional idea of ‘race’ that has no foundation in fact.
'RACIST' RHETORIC CALLED OUT
Democracy Action is calling out New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and members of the media, for labelling those who stand for equality before the law as ‘racist’.
The group today made a complaint to the Broadcasting Standards Authority regarding a highly biased story which suggested those who opposed Mr Judd’s attempts to force upon the council wards based on race were “Nazis”, “racist” and “bigoted”.
The group is also backing the comments made by Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp on Thursday 5 May.
Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:
“Those who resist efforts by politicians forcing radical reform of New Zealand’s local government structure without support of their constituency aren’t racist. They’re simply protecting the democratic institutions on which our country is based.”
“What Mr Judd and others are doing is trying to frame their political opponents as ‘extremists’ or ‘racists’. It is a common, albeit lazy, attempt to try to silence your opponents and we’re calling them out on it,” Mr Short says.
“Believing that our rights when we enter the polling booth should be different based on a person’s ancestry is very troubling. Indeed, it’s the very essence of what Article 3 of te Tiriti o Waitangi protected against when Maori were given the same rights and privileges of British subjects.
Those who believe democratic privileges should be awarded based on race should be looking in the mirror before they use the label “racist” so loosely."