by Metiria Turei
I am compelled to consider it after this week of Air NZ and the Ta Moko debacle, and yesterday’s racist cartoons and then reading this morning of Dunne’s new program to help reduce the rate of suicide among Maori and Pacifica peoples.
Yes, they are connected.
Our kids saw those cartoons and saw the Air NZ story on TV. Many of our kids would have seen Campbell Live’s poll last night where 70% of people agreed that the cartoons were an accurate portrayal of Polynesian people.
How can we live safely in a country where at the slightest provocation, there is widespread agreement that Maori and Polynesian people areinherently fat, lazy bludgers: and that saying so is so obvious its all just a bit of a laugh?
It’s not safe for our kids in their own country. And so our kids respond as anyone would who lives with daily hostility against their very existence: they rebel, they leave and they kill themselves.