Is this racist?

If a cartoon depicting Maori trotting off for free food in schools was racist, then is this front page racist?

A reader asks:

The Weekend Sun is in letterboxes Friday in Tauranga.

Yesterday’s cover is a nice photo of two girls at Merivale school with their bowls and the headline “Breakfast is best” 

Merivale School is a Decile 1B school in Tauranga, with a population of around 140, of which around 90% of are Maori.

Question is though, why pick that school – and two Maori girls – for the photo, when there are other schools in the city who will no doubt be part of the FIS programme?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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