Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted the police force has been influenced by unconscious bias in their relations with Maori.
But he says police have recognised the problem and have made positive steps to address it.
“I think like any good organisation, you have to recognise that there can be some unconscious bias in your organisation. We’ve recently started some training with the executive, which will filter through the rest of the organisation, because the first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it exists.” Read more »
Since Susan Devoy’s appointment, she has been a disappointment. It was predicted by the left-wing, thinking she was a right-wing plant but the opposite has been true.
So she has become a disappointment to all but the Muslim community, that is. And even then there will be ‘moderate’ Muslims who are grossly disappointed as they cannot speak up because she’s shut them down with “terrorism has no religion”. The more radical Muslims will love this and they’ll also love her statements about overseas events:
Below is a list of statements she’s made about incidents overseas this year:
09 June – “The Human Rights Commission has urged a New Zealand-based exchange organisation to work with a Dunedin teen who missed out on a year-long home stay in Japan because he is a Muslim.”
21 March – Says there’s anecdotal evidence of an increase in Islamophobia in NZ amid the rise of attacks overseas by Islamic State and New Zealand’s involvement in the war is “not going to make my job any easier”
“If you think there’s 51 million people displaced in the world now with the crises that are happening, particularly in countries like Syria, then that’s what we should really be doing.”
05 Nov – “The Human Rights Commission is concerned for the wellbeing of vulnerable Muslim Kiwis, some of whom are being wrongly targeted and blamed for things they are not responsible for and have vehemently opposed…Dame Susan issued her statement on the day Prime Minister John Key said the Islamic State was recruiting New Zealanders and five were fighting in Syria.”
14 Nov – “The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand issued a joint statement tonight with the NZ Human Rights Commission in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon.” Read more »
Rodney Hide discusses peak racism in his Herald on Sunday Column.
My first preference is to stick with our present flag. My second choice was “Red Peak” – but not any more.
I didn’t know why Red Peak appealed. It just did. But thanks to Maori broadcaster Tu Harawira I now know it’s because it’s a racist flag appealing to my inner colonialist. Red Peak now disgusts me.
It came as a jolt when Harawira this week told the 24-hour Flag Summit that Red Peak symbolises “white deciding where the colours will go”.
“To me this is a symbol of the white fellas with all the colours in the corner.”
I had not realised that. I thought it just a nice flag. But that’s me being simple-minded. The key thing about modern-day racism is that it’s subtle and subconscious. We are guilty without knowing. We are fortunate to have Harawira to guide the likes of me.
If your dog doesn’t like darkies, and you want to sell it, you’d think you’d want to save some people the trip by warning them.
TradeMe has removed an auction for a prized bulldog because the owner said he would only consider selling to a white person.
Richard Tunnicliffe, from Huntly, listed the 2-year-old bulldog, which he said would only be sold to an “approved home”.
The listing added: “Also not being racist but will only go to a white person as that’s what she’s used to.”…
“Listings on TradeMe are subject to the Human Rights Act and you cannot discriminate against someone on a number of grounds including sex, race or age when listings goods or services,” a spokesman said.
“Discriminatory listings are not cool and we’ll take action when they get on our radar; they appear onsite from time-to-time.”…
Tunnicliffe was unrepentant about the wording, saying he was very protective of where his dogs went because they were like “family”.
“Different cultures have different ways of raising [dogs],” he said.
“I would prefer it to go to a European person to be honest. I know it sounds a bit racist, but that’s me.”
He said he did not want to waste the time of people who may be interested in the dog but were not white.
On Friday, Tunnicliffe said he had not received any complaints about the advert’s wording.
He had previously sold puppies to Indians and Asians, but said the dog – which had an asking price of $2000 – was skittish so he was being careful about rehoming.
Animal behaviour expert Dr James McEwan said a dog would generally only have an issue with a person if they had a history of being beaten by them or someone who looked similar.
“I don’t think a dog would look at the colour of a person’s skin and have any expectations of what might happen next,” he said.
I knew this family that had a dog they’d had as a puppy, and it was never mistreated. Yet it was decidedly racist. It would let white people up the drive and into the house without raising its head, but if anyone with non-white skin turned up, the hackles would go up and she’d make a stand.
Other dogs are misogynists. Ask some dog owners, and you’ll find some where the dog loves or hates one gender.
The guy selling the dog seems to be more concerned about accurately describing what he’s selling rather than having a problem with darkies.
What’s the point of the Human Rights Act when it forces an honest and harmless person to be less than honest about something?
This dog is better homed with a white family. It’s a fact. So harden up.
– Regan Schoultz, A newspaper
The costume debate refuses to die. Here is my latest find.
When I wrote my post yesterday about the ‘ Racist ‘ costume it never occurred to me that my observation could also be applied to a Playmobil figurine. Today’s face of the day has been called racist, just like the Arab costume that I overheard the two young girls talking about on Thursday.
Playmobil has been forced to defend a dark-skinned toy wearing a neck choker, after a California mother said it was racist.
Linda Locket, who bought the toy for her 5-year-old son, was horrified the toy came with a neck piece that looked similar to a slave collar, The Guardian reported.
“You cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else,” she said. “It’s definitely racist.”
“It’s a racist toy.”
Today while at the local mall I killed some time while waiting for a prescription to be filled by looking through a new Party supplies shop. They had a large range of cheap costumes all made in China. They were typical costumes found everywhere so I was very surprised to over hear the reactions of two 11-12 year old girls who were looking through them. ” That’s racist.” said one and the other one agreed.
I looked over to see what had made them come to such a startling conclusion. Was it a costume for a white man to wear to make him look like a slave that required him to blacken his face? No it wasn’t.
A lot of the female costumes were pretty scanty so I could understand if they thought that they were sexist but I had seen nothing that was racist amongst the selection. What makes a racist costume anyway? A stereotype?
As you can see from the photo above, the refugees are families, women, children, elderly and infirm.
Oh no… wait. Healthy looking men.
Finland’s government has condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators – including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit – attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers. Read more »
Poll shows Labour’s and Twyford’s ugly legacy: the seed of distrust against Asians has found fertile soil
Digipoll did a poll for a newspaper, and it makes for ugly reading
Notice the extremely injurious way this poll was pitched. The real problem, according to commentators (and if borne out by still non-existent evidence), is the number or percentage of non-resident purchasers of property. But as you can clearly see, A newspaper has simply labelled everyone ‘a foreigner’. Read more »