Devoy lashes back at Garner: Bad race relations is a White Men problem

Islamic shill Susan Devoy has lashed out at Duncan Garner after he criticised her in his column yesterday.

The ironic thing about people who send me letters about how useless I am and that our race relations are OK, is that most of them are from Pakeha men: as Duncan Garner proved in his latest opinion piece.  I get many letters and emails: some polite, many abusive or threatening.  The personal attacks aren’t new and I’ve got pretty thick skin, for a simple squash player.

But as well as the haters I also get the opposite: messages of thanks and support from people who are grateful I stood up for their right to live in peace and dignity.  They aren’t powerful  or famous people but their voices mean more to me than those who think it’s PC gone mad to actively work at peaceful race relations.

Super Diversity isn’t coming, it’s already here. We are home to more than 200 ethnicities – more cultures than the UN has member states. More than one million of us were born overseas and these trends will continue. New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on the planet, to ignore our differences is a naïve and hopeless response to an issue the entire world is grappling with.

Race relations in our country are far from OK.  A third of all complaints we receive are about racial discrimination but we know many people never bother complaining. If we aren’t careful the future we leave our children will be vastly different from the peaceful New Zealand we grew up in.

It’s not OK for Muslim Kiwis to be singled out, abused and discriminated against because of violent extremists. Neither is it OK to blame Jewish Kiwis for an unfolding tragedy thousands of miles away.

It’s not OK for Maori New Zealanders to be racially profiled shopping at their supermarket or walking down the street.

It’s not OK to put an advertisement on Trade Me that says No Asians, No Indians or Europeans Only. This year I spent the day with some of the toughest Kiwis I’ve ever met, elderly Jewish women who survived the Holocaust. One remembers how advertisements for jobs and houses increasingly declared: No Jews. They told me hate starts small, in prejudice and intolerance and they were right.

The problem for Susan Devoy is she has been very one-sided in her pronouncements on terrorism, and outright dishonest as to the reasons why. This sort of reaction shows that Duncan Garner was very close to the bone in his accusations.

I blogged last week about the lop-sided and wonky stance Devoy has taken in defending Muslims. She has steadfastly ignored terrorism targeted at Jews and then when Paris happened she came out in support of Muslims in NZ. She claims she is even-handed but the evidence proves otherwise…and all the while claiming that she can’t speak out on overseas incidents when against the evidence is contrary to that which she claims. The reality is she can speak on anything that is overseas just so long as it doesn’t involve Jews as victims…then she remains silent and tried to hide behind a law which strangely is as silent as she is on the issue.

Duncan – and others whose opinions are amplified across our television, radio and newspapers – must do better in showing responsible leadership in the national debate about race relations. They are opinion leaders and their opinions are powerful: dismissing anything they don’t like as PC gone mad is dumbing down a very important conversation New Zealanders need to have.

They need to be part of the solution, not the problem. When incidents take place, too often I’m the only person speaking out, but just because ‘Race Relations’ is in my job description doesn’t mean they’re just my responsibility. We are all responsible for the kind of country we live in.

Oh so it is all Duncan’s fault is it? What a load of hogwash. Oops I shouldn’t have said hogwash, that might upset her Muslim friends.

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, New Zealanders gathered at mosques across the country in peace: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Bahai, Hindu, Buddhist Kiwis who are taking responsibility for the kind of country we live in. Not one media outlet bothered to turn up at any of these events.

To mark Human Rights Day on December 10, the Islamic Centre in Avondale, Auckland, will host a peace vigil for human rights: some may say standing together in peace is PC Gone Mad. But they are wrong.

To quote London bombing survivor and peace activist Gill Hicks, what we are doing isn’t PC Gone Mad. What we are doing is MAD for Peace – Making A Difference for Peace. We hope you join us.

Oh the irony of an Islamic Centre holding a vigil for human rights. I wonder if at that vigil Susan Devoy might like to speak up for the millions of women subjugated by the ‘religion of peace’, and the homosexuals and lesbians being persecuted, executed and thrown from buildings for the crime of being gay, or the women and children enslaved by Islamic militants, the girls who suffer genital mutilation, the women controlled under the burqa or forbidden to even drive for the crime of being born female, or the continued beheadings in Saudi Arabia, or the stoning of women for adultery when they are nothing more than rape victims, the execution of Christians on a beach in Libya for the crime of being Christian….oh and she might like to speak out about the human rights of Jews who are being hunted and stabbed in the streets of Israel for nothing other than the crime of being Jewish.

If Susan Devoy stands up and makes that speech then she will have my support…but she won’t make the speech, she is a dhimmi and won’t want to upset people with a few home truths.

If she truly cared for human rights she would make that speech. We will soon see how much she does care.

 

– Fairfax


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