We are a nation of racists & xenophobes

The Christchurch massacre has taught us something. Those of us of European descent are racists and xenophobes. It does not seem to matter that some of us are married to people of other races, or have friends and families of other races. We are all white supremacists, and we all need to do better. [* Sarcasm]

I have friends and family who are not of European descent. Just for the record, I want to make it clear that I could not do without some of them. I’m a xenophobe though… [*Sarcasm]quote.

You may have thought, as I did, that the Christchurch shootings were the act of a lone wolf fanatic. You may have thought, as I did, that no one saw it coming,

You may have thought, as I did, that New Zealand reacted with a genuine and overwhelming outpouring of shock, grief and anguish.You may have thought that thousands showed their solidarity with Christchurch Muslims by attending public vigils, spontaneously setting up tribute sites and donating millions to a Givealittle appeal.

You may have thought that the Christchurch Muslim community, which could have been forgiven for withdrawing into itself, responded to the calamity with a remarkable spirit of openness, inclusivity and forgiveness.

You may have thought that our own shock was mirrored by that of the outside world, which was aghast that such terrible things could happen in a country viewed internationally as peaceful, tolerant and respectful toward minority groups.

Well, it seems we all got it wrong. Because in the days following the shootings, an alternative narrative emerged.
According to this alternative narrative, we are a hateful nation of racists, white supremacists and Islamophobes. 

Not only that, but the massacre was no surprise. A sudden outburst of violent race hatred was bound to happen. Rather like the cataclysmic earthquake we are constantly warned to be prepared for, it was not a question of if, but when.
It was, we were told, the inevitable outcome of a society which condones hate speech. end quote.

Yes. It was all a surprise to me too. From the “Yes, it is us”, to the pyramid of white supremacy, put out there by… wait for it… white people, the whole agenda was turned around from one of inclusiveness to one of political activism. Suddenly, many of us who had reacted in shock and disgust were the bad guys… although why exactly, we were not quite sure. quote.

It?s a narrative of self-loathing that wants us to think the worst of ourselves. It?s a narrative that shamelessly seeks to politicise the killings and create a moral panic in the hope not only that we?ll tighten the gun ownership laws ? no arguments there ? but far more ominously, that we might be persuaded to discard such democratic niceties as freedom of speech.
We were told too that the Islamic Women?s Council had been trying for years to alert the government to the existence of extreme racists and Islamophobes in New Zealand.?

But I found it hard to reconcile that statement with the interview I heard on the BBC with a Muslim woman from Christchurch who said she and her family came to New Zealand because it was safe. She told BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes she had never felt threatened here. end quote.

My thoughts too. The Islamic community, having been devastated by the shootings, were nevertheless totally gracious in their recognition of New Zealand as a safe and harmonious country. I saw many smile at the “They are us” proclamation, and I felt proud that they still believed it, after the terrible events in the Christchurch mosques. quote.

But who should we allow to serve as the model that dictates the agenda: a few misanthropic cranks who haven?t yet got their heads around the new multicultural New Zealand, or the countless thousands of New Zealanders who attended vigils, donated money or quietly grieved at home for fellow citizens who happen to be Muslim?

Karl du Fresne end quote.

Thank you, Karl du Fresne, for being a voice of reason. Those on the hard left want to control and shut us down. We must never let this happen, unless we want to live in the kind of country that most of the Muslims in the mosque left in terror. Let it never come to that.