Dylan Cleaver: We need to talk about how white the NZ Olympic team is
Faster, stronger... whiter.
That could be the New Zealand Olympic Committee's motto as they put the finishing flourishes on their team to Rio. We should have dressed this team in homburgs, garters and gloves because this is what New Zealand looked like in the 1950s…..
Ironic then that the NZOC are sending a team to the Olympics that bears little resemblance to modern New Zealand. If it wasn't for the inclusion of rugby sevens on the programme, the discrepancy would be even more stark.
Looking at the team as it stands now, with more than 170 selected, outside of sevens you can count the number of Maori and Pacific Islanders on your fingers. Around a fifth of the population identifies as Maori or Pacific Islander.
Mr Cleaver’s assertions are also blatantly untrue. He excludes our successful Sevens teams from his dubious statistics in order to make his case for racial discrimination. If they are included we find the mix of representatives closely resembles New Zealand’s ethnic diversity, although east Asians are under-represented. It is interesting he makes no mention of east Asians.
Looking at pictures of the clearly overweight Cleaver I doubt he has ever played competitive sport in his life. If he has, then maybe he has developed his racist attitude because he was beaten by people with white skins. Whatever the reason, there is no excuse for the Herald to pay someone who has no knowledge of his topic and who denigrates people on the basis of race and colour.
Fresh faced out of the PC environment of school and journalism classes he knows nothing of the world, but he meets the Herald’s main criteria for its journalists, he is cheap. This appears to be his first job. It should be his last.