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Racist stats


It turns out numbers can be racist. Not just people. Or laws. But numbers.


That’s now the size of the racism hammer. Racism explains everything. It justifies anything. It shuts down debate. It drives policy.


“Oh that’s racist,” clinches any argument.


Racism is everywhere. It’s not just people who are racist but institutions too. For example, “the justice system is racist”. The judges mightn’t be. The police mightn’t be. But the system sure is.


Racism also exists underground and undetected through “unconscious racism”. Trained professionals must be deployed to detect your racism and, indeed, to correct your thinking and behaviour.


Numbers too are racist as in, “The very existence of disparities is racist.”


That slice of insight is from Press Gallery journalist Rukuwai Tīpene-Allen.


She clearly hasn’t given her writing much thought. I suspect, like her colleagues, she is more practiced and skilled in indignant outrage than critical thought. Her response to my critique will no doubt be further outrage.


For the record, disparities are a statistical observation: they don't think or act. They can't themselves be racist. They are a fact. They can no more be racist than a rock or the sun. Disparities could well be the result of racism but that's not what Ms Tīpene-Allen is saying. She is saying the disparities themselves are racist.


“The very existence of disparities is racist,” she opines.


Maori men on average are 5.3 cm taller than asian men. That’s a disparity. But it’s not racist. I don’t know what causes that disparity but it’s difficult to believe that it could be racism.


(I wonder if Ms Tīpene-Allen's racism would still exist if governments stopped collecting data by ethnicity. The difference would still be there but not noted.)


Disparities are everywhere. Maori women have nearly twice as many babies as European women.


Twenty-nine percent of Maori adults smoke. Ten percent of adult Europeans smoke.


Forty-eight percent of adult Maori are obese. Sixteen percent of Asians are. Everything measured differs on average from group to group. It would be odd if it didn’t.


But the difference now is racism. It doesn’t require anyone past or present to have done anything racist. It requires averages only to differ.


It’s difficult to know what to do about racist numbers. Would racism be reduced if I took up smoking? Or got fatter?


Of course, Ms Tīpene-Allen knows exactly what is needed: separatism.


Her specific examples are health disparities which demand “more money and energy put into Māori health… [and] ... a health system created and managed by Māori”.


Her answer to her made-up racism is actual racism. Who gets what, and who gets treated by which health system, should be determined by their race.


It’s easy to despair when daily such incendiary nonsense is dished up by news reporters.


But we should take comfort in another racist disparity: Maori women are more likely to be married or partnered to a non-Maori than a Maori. The same is true for Maori men. We are not just brothers and sisters but husbands and wives raising children together, living together, working together.


The government and the media are running a separatist agenda. It appears they are making a good play as they make up the daily news. But they are not. That’s because the rest of us are just getting on with our lives. Together.



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“Who gets what, and who gets treated by which health system, should be determined by their race” makes as much sense as health priorities being determined by gender. Extend the free breast screening program to include males.

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We go red when hot, blue when cold, green when sick, white when in shock, black when frost bitten. Our Intersectional options for claiming victimhood is highly diverse.

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John May
John May
May 26, 2021

When you point one finger there are three pointing back at you... It particularly applies should you give a political party an ethnic name. It's even enshrined in the contradictory policies. Not to point the finger, of course.....

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Paul Johansen
Paul Johansen
May 26, 2021

That word racist is getting bandied around so much it is loosing its impact and we should therfore use it at every opportunity! Even some horrible expletives such as the C word are becoming prevalent in TV movies so their offensive hitting power must have reduced substantially. So I say just go for it! Use the word and then laugh out loud and walk away. Lets smother its effectiveness by saturation content and perhaps it will become so common place no one will give a rats arse anymore. A good friend I sail with is a Maori, (he owns the beautiful 43 ft yatch!) and a younger brother is married to a Maori landowner and they are both sick to…

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Paul Johansen
Paul Johansen
May 26, 2021
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If thats the case then lets hear it? I don't have any problem with a rational argument and real racism is toxic, dangerous and the product of a sick mind. Thank God we don't have the KKK in NZ!

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Speaking of backward inside-out racism, I had a look at Nat MP Simeon Brown's facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/SimeonBrownMP/ ) . He is currently in receipt of death threats due to his speaking out against Mob/Gang activity. I am horrified at the openly vile comments and hateful vitriol and threats being posted there. Judging by their names, mostly by Maori, but also well supported by hundreds of supporting Labour voting voices. His family must be beside themselves. What has become of this Country ?

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Peter Hemmingson
Peter Hemmingson
May 28, 2021
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Here's a 'top' Maori. This tug muscle first popped up on Hobson's Pledge FB page and is now all over various threads with his polarising, , self-entitled brown supremacist gobshite.

He has toned down the threats and anti-white rhetoric after people began highlighted his brown supremacist bullying, racism and bigotry.


WHO IS KRIS MACDONALD AKA “KRISWAD”?

Hobson’s Pledge members are well-familiar with Kris MacDonald, a radical [part-] Maori who posts spit-flecked ad hominem rants in response to historical facts and associated argument put up by opponents on various threads. He is especially fond of perjorative terms drawn from Black American identity politics such as “cracker,” “redneck,” and “polar bear.”

Recently his posts have taken a more sinister turn. On the FB…


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