Kris Faafoi has an opinion piece at Radio Live about why he is supporting Grant Robertson and his thoughts on the perceived no poofters rule inside Labour.
Over the past few weeks, there has been quite a bit of commentary about Grant Robertson’s sexuality. In a number of cases, the Pacific Island community has been used as a vehicle to make a point. Quite bluntly, I find that offensive.
I was brought up in a traditional Pacific household. My parents expected their children to foot it with others on an equal basis. And to do that we had to treat others as equals. That wasn’t easy as a youngster. It was a time when mocking things as “gay” was generally a good laugh. But that was not the “done” thing in the Faafoi house, primarily because of the work of my late father Amosa on the Pacific Island AIDS Trust in the late 80s and early 90s.
At a time when AIDS was a “toxic” subject, here was my father crusading for the rights of Pacific gay people to be treated and “treated” fairly if they had become HIV positive.
I believe all Pacific Islanders believe it’s the fair and right thing that everyone be treated equally. It’s in our DNA. As a proud Pacific Islander, I’d like to put it on the record that I am proud that I am supporting Grant.
Actually Kris you are just being a patronising Labour cock. Most Kiwis, not just Pacific Islanders believe in a fair go and equal rights for all. It isn’t just in your DNA, that is a trite phrase that just shows how patronising and know it all Labour really is.
Let’s be clear. I am respectful of all differing views. But I am going to stick up for what I fundamentally believe. Grant has my support not just because he is the best person for the job, but also because I believe he has the strength of character to get the job done.
He is proud he is gay. And so he should be. Just as I am proud that I am Tokelauan.
To me, core to being Pacific are the values of family, love, inclusion, equality, respect, and having pride in who you are. I know Grant well; he embodies that every day; it’s what will make him a great leader.
The picture being painted that all Pacific people are opposed to Grant being our leader because he is gay doesn’t afford the level of sophistication our people possess. Pacific people are hungry for success. They, like all Kiwis, want the best for their families. They want action on jobs, housing, education, health and strengthening their individual cultures.
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