The water issue has stirred up emotions on both sides of the debate. One of these emotions is becoming highly charged due to one way racism.
Any perception of offence against Maori, manufactured or real, can become a major scandal, as John Key found out last week.
But abuse, intimidation, divisiveness and the like seems to be accepted as fair game when when directed at non-Maori.
This is apparent on blogs. I’ve been accused of racism twice over the weekend, on one occasion for stating agreement with Maori in At one with Māori on water.
There has been an example of reverse racism on The Standard last night. RedLogix posted this comment:
Maori are in effect via article two of the Treaty of Waitangi the only legitimate source of the granting of any consent to use any water from the rivers and lakes in their possession at the point of the signing of that treaty….
And all other land and resources in this country.
All you filthy colonising white maggot scum can crawl back to the slums you came from now.
(Maybe I should add a tag to this one, but for the life of me I can’t think which one…)
The final comment on tags was a wink signal to people who know RedLogix. But this was a flimsy excuse for posting what he knew would be a politically and racially divisive comment.
Support from others at The Standard was not surprising. Marty Mars, one who accused me of racism, laughed it off as a joke.
marty mars 220.127.116.11.3
LOL pete you need to take a break from the webs
And a Labour Party official…
Yeah. The theft of lands and forests and waterways and fisheries are immaterial but use a couple of cross words and there is hell to pay.
There are a lot of people, many of them reasonable and tolerant types, who are getting very annoyed at what is little more than one way reverse racism. Supposedly we dare not criticise or denigrate anything Maori, but are supposed to meekly accept any crap thrown at us.
I don’t accept this.