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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  1. They say when a storm hits – it comes either really hard and fast, or slowly and deceptive. The Christchurch lightening display the other night shows what happens when an unexpected event happens. This analogy serves the point about name-calling, issue-baiting and ‘violent’ rhetoric to make a strategic political move – “We demand water rights”, “we want demand shares plus” etc.

    This is a storm that came hard and fast, and the angry wind is raging, getting worse by the hour. The vortex of this storm is extremely black. The ripping apart everything in its path has caused major damage that will take reconstruction a long while.

    This analogy points to my very deep concern about relations in this country. Deeply concerned.

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