Two cartoons, two Maori victims but only one complaint to the HRC

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Why is BoomSlang’s cartoon called racist when this cartoon by Murdoch is being re tweeted all over twitter? Both cartoons have an image of a Maori who has suffered violent abuse.Both Maori are portrayed as victims. BoomSlang’s cartoon referred to a specific story in the news and a specific victim while this cartoon generalises about ALL Maori.

Both cartoons make powerful points about things we know to be true based on statistics.So why has no complaint been made to the Human Rights Commision about this cartoon?

It is true, not racist to state that Maori suffer many more negative outcomes than non-Maori. How are these statistical truths made in Murdoch’s cartoon any less offensive than BoomSlang’s cartoon making a powerful point about the slaughter of a Moko by his Maori caregivers? Could it be because BoomSlang’s cartoon blames the abusers who were Maori whereas no one is blamed for the suffering of the Maori character in Murdoch’s cartoon? Is it possible that portraying Maori (in general ) as victims is not considered racist but pointing out the race of those who beat, tortured and killed Moko is?

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