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Racist dinosaurs call for one person, one vote - - Stuff

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Stuff's National Correspondent Tony Wall takes a swing at Tauranga: it “seems to have been taken over by an army of white, privileged rednecks who have no tolerance at all for anyone or anything that doesn't look like them.”


He complains, “are we living in Jim Crow America, or 21st Century Aotearoa?”


It's not all bad though. “[T]hese racists are a dying breed of dinosaur” and in the meantime, “it’s for Pākehā like me to call these clowns out for the losers they are”.


His claims are serious. What's his evidence?


Item One: the reaction to Ms Kim Williams doing a mihi at a meeting of 300 odd. “People shouted at her to ‘speak English’ and ‘get off the stage’, according to reports of the meeting”.


Kim Williams herself explains, “Much of the noise was the audience objecting to the two or three abusers I was looking directly at.”


“The room supported me. Dozens from the meeting approached me after to offer love, support and apology.”


Item Two: “As if that incident wasn’t alarming enough, the next news item to bring Tauranga into disrepute involved the arrest of a 44-year-old man in relation to a video posted on YouTube that incited violence, hate speech and looming death threats towards Māori people and culture.”


And Item Three:


“Just this morning I picked up the local paper to see a story about a petition by a former Western Bay councillor to ‘return democracy’ to New Zealanders who don't identify as Māori, following recent government initiatives such as Māori Wards and the Māori Health Authority”.


As Tony Wall sees it, “The petition is basically saying give the power back to whites.”


So his “army of white, privileged rednecks” is two or three hecklers at a meeting of 300, one person arrested for threatening to kill Māori, and citizens signing a petition in favour of one person, one vote.


The evidence against Tauranga is vanishingly slim. The problem is Mr Wall who conflates citizens signing a petition with a fellow threatening to kill and sees two or three hecklers in a crowd of 300 as an army taking over the city.


That’s the state of news today: hyperbolic and overblown.


But spare a thought for Mr Wall. It can’t be easy for him working at Stuff. He distracts from his own white privilege by yelling racist at his town.


I doubt it works.


He should accept he's old, white and male. And start apologising. I am sure there's a course that could help him.



Update: The 44 year old has been charged with making an objectionable publication, not threatening to kill. I thank RedbaiterNZ for alerting me to my error in the comments. I apologise for my mistake.

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Al Man
Al Man
Jun 18, 2021

Simply put. Race representation is what they called Affirmative Action in the US.

It means giving importance to a minority view by force and not by their effort or vote.


We do have equal opportunity in this country, and some don't even want to push equal outcome anymore........instead they want all out total segregation. That is the segregation of European (and Asian) heritage peoples.


The Treaty may be a partnership (I don't think that was the intent at all), however surely modern culture of all means that partnership is based upon democracy and therefore the partnership is based on your vote. If we don't like the effect of the Treaty then lets NOT FOLLOW IT. It was flawed when wri…


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John Hurley
John Hurley
Jun 09, 2021

Check this out

When dealing with the Woke—that is, devotees of the ideology outlined in Critical Social Justice Theory—one assumption (among many) that is an almost sure bet to make about their claims is that some trick of language is being played. What’s needed to expose the vacuity of the Woke position, then, is not necessarily the ability to bring facts to bear on the matter or even to argue better than they can (as they’ll deconstruct your position and leave you looking foolish to anyone slightly sympathetic to their cause). The best thing to do is expose the trick.

https://newdiscourses.com/2020/09/no-science-isnt-social-construct/

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ron
ron
Jun 09, 2021
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Thanks John. Certainly interesting.

Not only is science, done properly, not a 'social construct, i.e. when it's theories are successful in predicting how things behave, but also I'm not going to play the game of all 'social constructions', as embedded in ethnic cultures (including conglomerate white), being equally effective programmes of the human survival machine. They aren't. Some are (a lot) more effective than others, ultimately at inventing and making stuff (including social constructs) that enable humans to survive and thrive.


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John Hurley
John Hurley
Jun 08, 2021

I hope more than 3 people let loose at the woman speaking te reo. If they make out it was a lot of people they make the problem look big; if they say it was only a few it makes people inclined to keep their heads in.


Either way the angrier TW is the more his side are failing.


It is a bit of a worry though that they may be getting through to the younger generation. I have marked the way that they steered culture since the 1980's.


Does anyone have any insight into that? My guess is that ethnocentrism will come out on top.

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Thanks for the riposte. I needed it 24 hours ago. The dishes seemed the easier option.

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Back in 2018 this was Shortland Street fiction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MtyVXsPUfc This year it was a tweet from the Maori Party...quickly covered away. And, now, because he doesn't know any better, a white man is outing the agenda. Thanks mate. Now we know what's going on. Melt or die (aka "shuffle off.")

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Janine Peters
Janine Peters
Jun 07, 2021

So this guy Tony...hithertofore unknown in our neck of the woods....can suddenly stick his head above the parapet.


" Hey, over here, cooeeee...📢........your'e all racist...double shame on you!"


Then he disappears back into his burrow. Think he might be persona non grata around here for a while.

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