On Thu, 27 May 2021 16:00:34 -0500, Tony <lizandtony at orcon dot net
Post by Tony
Posted without comment.
Except for those three words . . . the article is indeedcleverly
written for its audience, and I am not surprised that you believe its
casual racism and bias are worth spreading - and I am sure you will
not be surprised that it was also published here:
The premise of the first few paragraphs is that self-identification
should always acknowledge mixed descent - while no recognising that
many of mixed descent self-identify as pakeha to avoid inherent racism
such as he shows. He casually equates DNA from mixed sources with a
presumption of equality with respect to culture - he sees those that
identify as Maori as disowning their pakeha heritage. It is all
one-sided, a biassed far-right diatribe against concepts of diversity
that the author does not share. The subtle dig at historians is
consistent with the distrust of 'lefty'academics - ignoring that we
now know a lot more about treaty breaches because of the work done by
many historians working for both sides of treaty appeals - that
anti-intellectualism that is waved as a sign of solidarity with those
that need no evidence to know that they are "Right" and who actively
avoid evidence to the contrary
The article appears to past wrongs by pretending that there were more
advantages - like pretending that the dawn raids were OK because the
people being raided had earned money from the jobs they had held . . .
More particularly however it ignores the reality of the results of the
recent 30 years of the 'neo-liberal experiement"which has led to
historically high inequality, with Maori and some other monority
groups being particular hard hit - in effect the policies of those
years may well have been in themselves a breach of the Treaty of
Waitangi, with only small moves to offset these in the periods of
Labour coalition governments - no wonder his columns are lauded by
Basset, Brash and Hide.
Thanks for posting this example of quite clever propaganda, Tony.
There are many wakas in our country; some we do generally share; our
Covid response and willingness to tolerate lockdowns and care around
our borders was only resisted by a very small number of extremists;
and those that have spoken against it are seeing polling reflect the
general rejection of putting trade and profit before lives. That does
not mean we agree on all issues - and the inherent racism of du Resne
gives a good example of an area where their are many different wakas -
yuou may well be in his waka but he is not in mine.