Is ACT's stance on Maori racist?
Mon, 11 Jul 2011 3:58p.m.
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17/07/2011 9:25:14 p.m.
Don Brashes comments about Maoris are considered racist insofar as they carry the implication that the integration of a minority indigenous group into New Zealand society should be on the basis of its acceptance of and compliance with the values of the majority group as opposed to them being able to hold their own values.
17/07/2011 12:04:07 p.m.
Frank M wrote:
John (12 Jul 2011 1:19p.m.) "We want to be called Kiwis or New Zealanders, not NZ Maori, NZ Pakeha, NZ Asian or so."
Speak for yourself, John. We are all different, and trying to put us all into a cultural 'blender' is not just offensive - but dangerous.
As for Brash - the question of racism comes secondary to one simple fact: he was playing the "race card" to gain support, and votes, for his Party. This is not constructive politics, it is the politics of hate.
At least National has put forward asset sales, and Labour has offered a CGT, as positive choices for voters to make.
16/07/2011 2:29:43 p.m.
The Act Party are not popular at all as calling them rascist I think they are just uneducated in my books. Mr Brash needs to be retired hes getting abit old at this game I think his days of politics were gone when he left National. Go back to your dungeon Mr Brash and fix up your life before you tell others what to do walk the talk before you preach to the whole nation. The whole party needs to get ax because none of them have really said anything significant how they can promote our country economically or about other issues pertaining to how the lower income people can survive on a budget or how they can benefit our country. I havent heard anything that is worth remembering that will benefit the people at all.
15/07/2011 10:39:43 p.m.
No I don't think Brash is racist, but he is being political incorrect. If one tells the truth in such matters, one will always be labelled racist. No one likes to hear the truth if it is not flattering and will always deny it is the truth.
15/07/2011 4:10:11 p.m.
I don't think Brash in particular is racist - I think he just wants a level playing field for ALL New Zealanders. At the moment, Maori get special privileges for a number of things - the Maori only seats are a prime example of separatism in NZ.
While we have separatist seat, we will have poverty in the Maori population because nothing is learnt from handouts except how to get more handouts. This is part of NZ's economic problem too. Which I think, is the main reason Brash raises the subject in the first place.
It is unfortunate though, that NZ politics has stooped to a level where in order to get any say, you have to be extreme.
14/07/2011 9:46:43 p.m.
I have to agree wth Nik. No civilisation has ever existed without conquests and invasions. Rome invade Britain then Rome was invaded by barbarians then the Vikings invaded France and became the Normans who then invaded Britain who then invaded various other countries etc. At the same time one Maori tribe invaded another's territory etc etc. I have not invaded or taken anything, neither have the Maori today. How can we be angry at each other for things our ancestors did? Maybe we don't have perfect equality now but surely if we treat everyone the same we will reach that goal. Treating one race differently will have the opposite effect. Surely anyone with children knows that, even when children are treated equally they like to imagine they are not - "MUM, he got more than me"!
14/07/2011 6:29:59 p.m.
Yes, Brash and Act's stance is the epitome of racist. NZers are capable of much better than this. I don't believe New Zealanders want to live in a racist country.
13/07/2011 8:08:59 a.m.
Act Member wrote:
Deborah Coddington and Rodney Hide have already expressed their discuss at what senile Brash is doing. Brash's tactics are divisive and seriously lacks intelligence. One would have to ask why Brash refuses to speak about the Maori version of the Treaty where 532 signatures were signed including Hobson's the Queens rep at the time. Far less signatures signed the english version 150 odd and the majority being lawless english settlers. Therefore it will be good to know what Brashs interpretation of Ranagatiratanga, Kawanatanga in the Tirity o Waitangi and Mana Declaration of Independence 1835 in the context of sovereignty recognition for Maori. @Jame J.Read I didn't quite get what you meant by compromising integrity as its a question that you need to answer yourself, so stop mumbling and disciplined Brash for being a silly old fool who enjoys bashing Maori.
12/07/2011 9:02:11 p.m.
@John. Fair enough democracy allows you to vote for someone who undemocratically barged their way into leadership. But don't you dare align yourself with anything native you hypocrite, namely the Kiwi. Try something introduced like your hero Brash, maybe a turkey,rooster or a goose!!
12/07/2011 8:32:21 p.m.
For too long Governments have been molly coddling the Maori race,We continually hear how hard done by they are. What other race can Kill babies and get away with it. If it was a white man he would be hunted down like a dog.
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