As is typical these days, a liberal academic is upset at the truth:
Auckland University of Technology Maori history professor Paul Moon claimed in the last 18 months the racially-charged term of “Maori child abuse” has crept into public and Government use.
“The Government has even commissioned reports on Maori child abuse so it’s had the effect of entrenching that label.”
Moon said there is no such thing as Maori child abuse or Pakeha child abuse.
“By putting the word ‘Maori’ in front of it, a stereotype is created which is inaccurate and dangerous,” he said.
“The vast majority of Maori parents, like the vast majority of all other parents, do a fantastic job of raising their children.”
Moon called on the Government and media to stop referring to “Maori child abuse” when discussing New Zealand’s problem with violence towards children.
He accepted Maori child abuse rates were higher than Pakeha.
Paul Moon may be upset at labels but David Rankin is more upset with liberal academic tosspots:
Maori are a warrior race prone to violence, and an academic’s call to stop referring to Maori child abuse is whitewashing the problem instead of dealing with it, a prominent iwi leader says.
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin hit back at an Auckland academic’s claim the increasing use of the term “Maori child abuse” is fuelling racism.
Rankin said Maori are a “violent people” and the term accurately reflects what some Maori parents are doing to their children.
“I am sick of academics trying to sanitise our behaviour,” Rankin said.
“We come from a warrior race but colonisation has meant that we no longer have any battles to fight and we have too much time on our hands so that violent energy is not used up.”
Rankin said Maori need to take ownership of the problem and stop trying to whitewash it.
“It’s time for us to take that warrior energy and deal to these thugs.”
Good on David Rankin for speaking the truth. Maori need to own their own problems not fob them off onto others.
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