Harawira has avoided responsibility

Hone Harawira has ducked and dived and denied after his ‘house nigger’ comment, and hasn’t had the guts to take responsibility for making them. His original comments were:

Time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house niggers what to do, but (2) the rest of us don’t give a shit for him or his opinions!

It was widely assumed he was referring to Maori Party MPs because at about the same time he made comments directly linking them…

Notice how John Key says none of his Maori MPs are allowed to go to the National Maori Hui on Water … and two minutes later Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples say that they’re not going. Not hard to see who’s the REAL leader of the Maori Party!

And…

What’s the bet that Tari and Pete cop so much flak from Maori for saying that they’re not going to the hui on water – that they find some reason to change their mind and say they’re gonna go now (or send Te Ururoa). Knowing how the Maori Party works, they’ll have to clear it with John Key first though

He was very clear – in his own typed words – about linking Maori Party MPs to his attack. And since then he has denied this. He has said he was referring to. He claimed he meant he was referring to National’s Maori MPs. From Stuff:

“What’s that got to do with Tari and Pete?”

He said he was referring to National’s own Maori MPs; such as Paula Bennett, Tau Henare, Simon Bridges, Hekia Parata.

“You’ve got to be careful about trying to draw dots here… I made a very clear statement about John Key and the way that he treats his MPs.”

Felix Marwick’s interview with Harawira:

Marwick: Why did you choose the language that you did, I mean, I guess if you called them lapdogs which you’ve done in the past, I guess people would have understood.

Harawira: Be very careful here, I haven’t called anybody, who have I called anybody anything?

Marwick: You’ve called people house niggers on your Facebook page.

Harawira: Would you like to come to the quote there Felix, read it out, read it out.

Marwick: I’ll just bring it up…

Harawira: Sure, absolutely, I think the media needs to be really bloody clear here…

Marwick: Ok, I’ll read it back to you, and you can tell me the contect that it was in…

Harawira: Go on then, go on then…

Marwick: Where are we, has it been deleted?

Harawira: I didn’t delete it…

Marwick: Ah, it was there this morning, I’ll take it from the copy that we took this morning, where you said “Mr Key can tell his little house niggers what to do, but the rest of us don’t give a shit for his opinion”. Who were you referring to when you used the phrase ‘little house niggers”?

Harawira: Hang on, hang on, hang on, no, no, no, no, no, hang on, hang on hang on. You can’t make the assumption, name people that you think I’m talking about, I’m not about to play that game, this is a challenge to John Key, it’s time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house niggers what to do, but (2) the rest of us don’t give a shit for him or his opinions, now anybody’s getting up in a big fuss and turning this into Hone’s accused so and so, and so and so, and so and so of being a house nigger.

Well the fact is I haven’t. I’ve accused John Key of treating people that way, and I don’t think, I don’t think that he should.

Marwick: How did you expect that comment to be interpreted then?

Harawira: Well I hope he gets pissed off about it, I hope that his Maori MPs don’t listen to him, and I hope they come to the hui, it’s a national hui for Maori on water, and they should come.

But Harawira kept linking the whole thing to Maori Party MPs, for example from 3 News:

“I’m glad that this has actually forced Pita to say he’s going to come, I’ll enjoy him being there. I’ll just say to Turi I never accused her of being that, and I don’t think she should read into it anymore then what was actually in the email.”

Harawira’s “little house niggers” comment was clearly associated with “Not hard to see who’s the REAL leader of the Maori Party!” and “Knowing how the Maori Party works, they’ll have to clear it with John Key first though”.

He knew it wouldn’t change John Key’s mind on anything – in fact this was timed when John Key was out of the country and out of the discussion.

Knowing how Harawira works this was a clear provocation directed at Sharples and Turia with the aim of shaming them into attending the water hui, because he thought they should attend.

Sharples has now said he will attend the hui, but the credibility of the hui has taken a battering.

And Harawira has been blatantly dishonest about his implications and intent.

Key did eventually get a chance to comment from Vladivostock:

“I know it’s Hone Harawira being Hone Harawira, but frankly I think he owes them an apology,” he says.

If Harawira was honourable he would apologise, but don’t expect it. He doesn’t have the guts to be up front about what he does,

And he’s likely to avoid responsibility for his abuse. Again. That’s Hone Harawira being Hone Harawira.

Simon Bardwell at TVNZ sums it up:

Harawira says he’s trying to make the point that Key acts towards his Maori MPs like a Southern plantation owner in the 1950s.

But the crucial word in that sentence is “like”. When you leave that word out, as Harawira did in his first post, you leave yourself wide open to the accusation that you used the term yourself.

Of course, just drawing such comparisons is odious enough to many people.

How strange to see the normally unrepentant MP looking for a get-out-clause to try and explain himself away.

That’s the sort of behaviour Harawira normally despises in other politicians.

It’s odd that Harawira would try and have us believe his explanation rather than either apologise, or even stand by his original comments – obnoxious as many people see them.

Race Relations Conciliator Joris de Bres called the post “dumb”. Many would agree.

But it’s his explanation afterwards that many will see as an insult – an insult to the intelligence.

 

Key on Harawira

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Speaking from Russia a short time ago, Prime Minister John Key is unimpressed with comments made by Hone Harawira on Facebook.

The Prime Minister wants Hone Harawira to say sorry for using the ‘N word’ to describe Maori Party MPs.

Harawira owes Maori Party an apology – Key

The Prime Minister is calling comments made by Mana Party leader Hone Harawira about the Maori Party offensive.

Mr Harawira called the MPs John Keyâs house niggers on his Facebook page.

Speaking in Vladivostok, Mr Key says Mr Harawira’s latest outburst is wrong.

“Frankly, I find them offensive about my coalition partners. Secondly, I think New Zealanders would find that term offensive. And I know it’s Hone Harawira being Hone Harawira but frankly I think he owes them an apology.

Harawira backtracks and contradicts

After starting yesterday in attack mode Hone Harawira ended up with a different story which contradicted earlier statements.

This is what he has said on Facebook and via media, in time sequence, starting late on Wednesday night:

(as at 5.30am Thursday timing the comment late on Wednesday)

(as at 6am Friday so posted about 7am Thursday 6 September)

Next he was reported on NewstalkZB (after a radio interview):

Harawira denies calling MPs ‘n*****s’

Hone Harawira denies he called other Maori MPs ‘house niggers’.

But he now disputes the phrase was directed at other MPs saying journalists can’t make the assumption and name people that they think he is talking about.

Mr Harawira says he’s not going to play that game.

Instead he says his comment was a challenge to John Key.

Harawira said “he can tell his little house niggers what to do” and then only referred to Maori Party MPs Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples by name in his comments. When he says “journalists can’t make the assumption and name people that they think he is talking about” they don’t need to make assumptions, he made the comments.

And another report, in Stuff on Thursday afternoon:

Harawira’s N-bomb directed at National MPs

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira was talking about National’s Maori MPs when he referred to Prime Minister John Key’s “little house niggers”, he says.

Harawira was responding to Key’s refusal to let National MPs attend a hui on water rights to be hosted by the Maori King, next week.

Harawira took to Facebook and said they would likely have to go, or at least send the party’s third MP Te Ururoa.

“What’s the bet that Tari and Pete cop so much flak from Maori for saying that they’re not going to the hui on water – that they find some reason to change their mind and say they’re gonna go now (or send Te Ururoa). Knowing how the Maori Party works, they’ll have to clear it with John Key first though,” he wrote.

“Time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house niggers what to do, but (2) the rest of us don’t give a shit for him or his opinions!”

Harawira told Stuffthat the later comment was not a reference to Turia and Sharples.

“What’s that got to do with Tari and Pete?”

He said he was referring to National’s own Maori MPs; such as Paula Bennett, Tau Henare, Simon Bridges, Hekia Parata.

“You’ve got to be careful about trying to draw dots here… I made a very clear statement about John Key and the way that he treats his MPs.”

In his Facebook comments he did refer “his Maori MPs” but he then referred solely to Maori Party MPs, and no mention at all of National MPs. So his Stuff claim is very clearly at odds with this.

Then he was interviewed on Campbell Live and his story had changed some more.

Hone Harawira: ‘N***er’ slur not directed at Maori Party

Speaking on Campbell Live tonight, Mr Harawira denies his comments were directed at the pair.

“I didn’t call anyone a house n***er, I’m challenging John Key in the way in which he’s treating his Maori MPs. He’s treating them that way and I don’t think he should.”

Mr Harawira says Mr Sharples and Ms Turia should have been given a choice on attending the hui.

He clearly did refer to MPs as house niggers. He then refers to ‘his Maori MPs’ and then goes on to name Sharples and Turia again.

He says all Maori MPs have “mana in their own right” and should not have to follow the Government.

Mr Harawira says he doesn’t regret his choice of words.

“If people don’t want me to use a phrase from Alabama from back in the 1950s, maybe they should say to the prime minister ‘stop acting like a plantation owner from Alabama in the 1950s’.”

That’s a bizarre anology with no connection to the issue or to New Zealand.

Mr Sharples office told 3 News this afternoon he is now looking to attend the hui, a move Mr Harawira is claiming credit for.

“I’m glad that this has actually forced Pita to say he’s going to come, I’ll enjoy him being there. I’ll just say to Turi I never accused her of being that, and I don’t think she should read into it anymore then what was actually in the email.”

So again he claimed he wasn’t referring to Maori Party MPs, but claims credit for having “forced Pita to say he’s going to come”. That clearly indicates his intent to target the Maori Party MPs.

“It was a criticism of John Key’s actions and I think that he should resile from them”

John Key is out of the country so can’t respond, as Harawira knows.

Harawira made outlandish and inflammatory statements – his Facebook page is now available again minus the ‘house nigger’ comment. He then made a contradictory retreat, refusing to take responsibility for his abuse and diviseness.

UPDATE: Harawira on Frontline

Once again he referred to National’s Maori MPs and then immediately went on to talk about Sharples and Turia. He doesn’t seem to differentiate from both as John key’s MPs.

He acted surprised the ‘nigger’ would be viewed as offensive and tried to downplay it’s offensiveness by saying someone said fuck on ‘The Block’ last night.

He has to know how offensive and attention seeking the use of ‘nigger’ would be. His innocence must be feigned.

He said he may have chosen better words (saying he didn’t have much time to think it through) but doesn’t regret saying what he said.

Hone Harawira’s nigger comment

I’ve seen some very derogatory and rascist comments on social media in relation to the water rights (and wind rights) issue. This comment on Facebook is amongst the worst, especially considering it’s a Member of Parliament (and leader of the Mana Party) calling other MPs niggers.

Hone Harawira: Time John Key realised a few home truths like (1) he can tell his little house niggers what to do, but (2) the rest of us don’t give a shit for him or his opinions!

Harawira has a history of inflammatory language to seek attention, this is more of the same old. It makes a mockery of calling his party ‘Mana’.

The first few comments on that thread applauded…

Leah Barbarich Woo hoo!! Yeah! Thats whats up John Key!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joann Kopua Tru dat

Tp Thunder MANA UP, MMANA HARD, STAND UP, FIGHT BACK, YEA

Chris N Nat Priston BOOM!!

Alvina Ropata Edwards absolute ; )

Mariee Leef GOOOOOOOOOOO MANA

Then some fairly typical social media comment followed, from protest to personal abuse. Some continued to support Harawira’s comments, while some spoke against.

The ‘Likes’ were strongly favouring the protest comments, with few for the Hone remark supporters. Amongst the most liked comments:

Georgina De Cleyre Mathew, as far as I can see, you’ve made some pretty legitimate comments about your own experiences. I think it’s pretty pathetic that instead of attacking your arguments, some people such as Alvina, feel the need to make attacks on your character and you as a person. Hone, I think you using the words “house n****” is pretty offensive and unnecessary. You may not agree with John Key’s opinion, but he has been re-elected by a substantial percentage of the NZ public, so he has a mandate and a right to express those opinions….

Georgina De Cleyre I do not think it is fitting of an elected representative to swear and use ad hominem attacks on people. Although I do not agree with you on a number of issues, I’ve heard you speak and I know you are a highly articulate man with a sharp intellect. You would do far better to use that gift to win people’s hearts and minds, than make empty and offensive statements about our Prime Minister.

Harpz Manley Wow thats a gracious reference alvina. I am maori and support maori initiative. Also supported by a strong whakapapa needless to say i dont agree with the word that hone used. If john key had used such language i bet u would be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon and call him racist? If we as maori became one and fought off all other cultures for our own means. What stops a bigger country such as usa from invading our country? A taiaha? We all as a whole, as kiwi need to work together without the language.

Bronwyn-Anne Wikaira Pai to korero Mathew, one should always feel free to share whakaaro. Being called a honky and a little boy is demeaning to you. I personally would be so proud for my son, who is 16 also, to show an interest in politics and share his whakaaro without personal attack. I don’t agree with Hones name calling of other MPs either, engari kei a Hone tena :)

James Meager You do Māori a disservice with comments like this, Hone.

James Meager Tari and Pita have done so much for Māori over their entire careers, much more than many of us, and to treat them with such disrespect shows complete and utter contempt for kaupapa and Te Ao Māori.

What an disgusting example to be setting for those young Māori who look up to you as a leader.

Guy McCallum Does reason get a value-judgement here? Or is it all about racial slurs and gender stereotypes? Is this how you evaluate arguments? Is this how you develop party policy? Is this how Mana treats the down-trodden, by using the slurs which kept them down-trodden for decades, centuries? Is this a party to be proud of?

Leah Barbarich What an awesome statement Hone has made to get you all so worked up!!! Proud as supporter of everything he says!!!!!! ;) YEEAA HONE!!!!

Harpz Manley Wow thats a gracious reference alvina. I am maori and support maori initiative. Also supported by a strong whakapapa needless to say i dont agree with the word that hone used. If john key had used such language i bet u would be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon and call him racist? If we as maori became one and fought off all other cultures for our own means. What stops a bigger country such as usa from invading our country? A taiaha? We all as a whole, as kiwi need to work together without the language.

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