Saturday, October 2, 2010


I was called a racist again recently, by a person who didn’t like being challenged on her bad behaviour. In the politically correct climate in NZ, anyone who speaks out against the dubious actions of an individual is automatically viewed as making negative statements about a whole race of people. Somehow it’s easier to label someone a racist, than to discuss the issue rationally.

Many of us would agree that racism is an attempt to vilify a person or group on the basis of their skin colour or ethnicity. This differs from what the Left identify as “racism” – something that is structural, rather than attitudinal. If you’re born white, you’re racist, and automatically benefit from a social and political system that gives you lots of stuff, like political power, money, prestige. Alternatively, according to the Left, Maori can’t be racist, because they are the victims of white racism. Maori are the needy alternative – poor, oppressed, sick, victims, jobless.

This is bollocks. It’s a collectivist viewpoint, and as such does not take individual behaviour and beliefs into account. It labels all white folks as racist, and ignores those that aren’t. Even the white radical friends of the Maori radicals are defined as racist, by this definition. It’s a definition that defines all Maori as low-status, regardless of those who have made a success of their lives. It is a culture of blame, hatred and lies, turning people against each other. And theft is the final outcome, as Maori swell the welfare lines, and Maori authorities make huge benefits from the treaty gravy train.

How does that work? It’s a pretty lame effort to justify government stealing my money to appease a vocal minority. But what about the behaviour of people like the Harawiras? Using racism as an excuse it just not acceptable. And I can’t help wondering whether Hone’s kids have any real choice about who they date.

The Left agrees that racism is not okay, but plays the politics of blame. It focuses it work on what it calls Anti-racism – another word for anti-white activism, guilt-mongering and theft of taxpayer money. And nobody wants to be labelled a racist any more. Why? Because the label racist is divisive, turning people into social pariahs and ruining reputations and careers.

There are plenty of examples of how the Left uses its definition of racism to the detriment of all of us.

Government-funded courses for the unemployed offer programmes in bone carving, Te Reo and Tikanga Maori, but their outcomes are dodgy. We need to question the number of course participants who get jobs immediately upon completion of a course like this. But the Left would tell you that these courses promote culture. Right. A culture of intergenerational welfare dependence, ghettoisation of the poor, and the weakening of mana. How does that work?

Degree courses across the board now require students to regurgitate politically correct anti-racist nonsense, without a corresponding understanding of alternative viewpoints. I’m sure Anna Penn, and others who have left NZ looking for a career, would question how cultural safety is more important than basic nursing skills.

The charity and NGO sector has also been infiltrated by this nonsense. A women’s centre I once worked for had a room defined as women-only. What I couldn’t swallow was that Maori men were encouraged to enter and use the women-only space, on the basis that “they are oppressed people too”. Huh? How does that work?

Literacy Aotearoa, NZ’s leading literacy provider, began life in the early 1980s under another name, as an umbrella organisation for literacy schemes all over NZ. Government funding was originally split equally between Pakeha and Maori, regardless of the relative membership numbers. Under that system, Maori tutors and students gained more, per head, than their non-Maori counterparts.

Maori and Pakeha anti-racist activists decided they wanted to make it a “Treaty-based” organisation. Which they did, creating an organisation based on maori culture and refusing funding to those schemes who disagreed with the new way of working. This meant that many clients missed out on the literacy assistance they needed. A number of staff refused to work with the new organisational structure and left, their characters assassinated and careers in literacy gone.

The obscenity is clear. And the public sector is no better. While the government spends millions on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Josie Bullock lost her job as a probation officer because she challenged Maoridom’s sexism, and ended up driving a bus in Wellington. Talent wasted.

The Treaty of Waitangi allows Maori equal rights and status with Europeans. No more, no less. It does not excuse the misuse of taxpayer money, however that misuse might be “justified”. Neither does it excuse the use of taxpayer money for weight-loss surgery in the name of Maori education, overseas holidays with your missus, or expensive underpants.

Clearly the anti-racist definition doesn’t cut the mustard in terms of providing a real solution to racism. Not all Maori are racist, and not all Maori support the radical fringe. What is clear is that the Left, in its quest for political power, has infiltrated many sectors of public and private life, and has an agenda based on lies. It undermines traditional decency and morality, replacing it with its own victimology and legislation.

So is there a solution? I believe there is. In my ideal world, entrenched guilt will no longer an issue. People will be free to challenge bad behaviour, without the risk of losing their career, or being labelled a racist.

Clearly legislation hasn’t fixed anything. “Hate crimes” still happen. Sexism and racism are still rife. And in the meantime there is no accountability from a system that allows these abuses to happen.

The solution to racism is for people of intelligence to see that racism is collectivist nonsense. It is systematic and allows all means of evil, aided and abetted by government. By contrast, individualists are not racist, rather choosing to see each person as a self-governing individual, responsible for his or her own actions.

Rights go hand-in-hand with responsibility. It’s easy to demand free access to welfare, but welfare on its own fixes nothing. The Ratana people got it right – take responsibility for yourself and your own people first. When communities work together to create solutions to problems, there will be little need for excuses and name-calling.

Will anyone take notice of my idealism? I would hope so. But I have to ask whether Helen Clark really appreciated being bullied and silenced by Titewhai Harawira. Somehow I doubt it.