Comment of the day

MaryLou raises some good points:

I like Chris Trotter. I really do. I find him insightful, an incredible resource of NZ political history, which in turn means a fantastic resource for the success and failures of policies implemented by governments both left and right over a long time. This latest article though, gives some insight as to where the divergence occurs between people of goodwill. Quote:

“….the inescapable reality of ?Middle New Zealand?s? veto: it?s indisputable power and its implacable determination to have the final say.

That power was on full display in the opening hours of the Summit when Jayne Crothall, whose three year old daughter, Brittany, was murdered as she slept in 1997, was reported as breaking down in tears when a Maori woman claimed Pakeha did not know what it was like to be victimised.”

” Sadly, it is Jayne Crothall?s words that Middle New Zealand will take away from the Justice Summit. Her accusations of racism will be amplified across the country by the Sensible Sentencing Trust who are also likely to highlight the words of University of Canterbury criminologist, Greg Newbold, who boycotted the whole event as a waste of time and told RNZ National that if Little is serious about reducing the prison muster, then he should ?build more prisons and end double-bunking?.


“Middle New Zealand: overwhelmingly Pakeha; gainfully employed; living in their own homes; law-abiding and tax-paying; is temperamentally impatient (if not contemptuous) of sociological and historical explanations for Maori offending. To their ears, the arguments of academics and ?experts? about poverty and colonisation come across as sounding suspiciously like excuses.” End quote.

Prior to worrying about what middle NZ’s reaction to Jayne Crothall would be, Mr Trotter would have done well to address the appalling statement of a Maori woman telling a woman whose child had been murdered in her sleep, that white people didn’t know what suffering was. Why is it, that at this point, I feel the need to point out that white people are people too, with their own experiences, that does include suffering?

For a man who seems to understand the “collective” suffering of Maori over colonisation, he seems remarkably unable to sympathise with anyone outside the collective.

I feel like there’s something deep here, that I just can’t put my finger on.

MaryLou’s points need discussion. It seems that ranpant racism has been allowed to develop, mainly in Maori circles, against anyone from European descent. If any of these comments were reversed there would be howls of outrage over racism. Indeed, we see this whenever Don Brash asks that we have laws in New Zealand that are for all and the removal of spereatism in our law-making. Wanting one law for all is apparently racist.