Thanks to Susan Devoy’s website, looking for racism and stirring up hostility between New Zealanders has become de rigueur. It has even inspired a New Zealand Herald journalist to write a piece entitled “Are New Zealanders becoming more racist?”
It is just like with “Islamophobia” where any criticism of the ideology is automatically labeled racist, bigoted and hateful. The theme seems to be that any criticism of immigration is rooted in racism, bigotry, and hate. There is no acknowledgment that there are legitimate and reasonable arguments about immigration that are based on facts and have nothing to do with an immigrant’s race.
Racism is dislike or hatred based on a belief that a person is inferior or of less value than another race. If I envy you or are jealous of your success that is envy and jealousy, not racism. I envy you because of what you have that I don’t. I don’t envy you because I think that you are inferior to me because of your race. Equally, distrusting a person because their values and beliefs are incompatible with your own is not racism as it is the values and beliefs that make you distrustful not the colour of their skin. If I know that you belong to group that supports killing cats for sport and I am a cat lover it is going to influence how I view you but that has nothing to do with Racism.