NZ supremacism selectively ignored

Guest Post
Last month Dame Susan Devoy, our Human Rights Commissioner, wrote an article about the neo-Nazi group who wanted to join the march against child abuse. She was strongly against the participation of the National Socialist wannabes because, “People wearing Nazi uniforms murdered 1.5 million children. They did it on purpose and they would have kept murdering children if they had not been stopped.”

Dame Susan was clear about her intentions saying, “I’ve written this article to help ensure that those children aren’t forgotten and to make it clear that neo-Nazi fascism and racism does not belong in Aotearoa New Zealand. This is not how we roll. This is not part of Kiwi culture and it does not belong in our future.” She was explicit that, “Some members of this organisation argue that they aren’t neo-Nazis but just white pride activists: I don’t really care what they call themselves … sometimes we need to stand up publicly and say that their philosophy is Not OK.”

SB showed how the philosophy of making one group more important than others is a socialist approach and introduced us to the world’s most well-known socialist who enacted the philosophy of supremacism. The Nazis thought the Aryan race was superior and such a philosophy is certainly not OK. Dame Susan is quite right to stand strongly against fascism and racism in New Zealand, especially as other leaders were silent.

While the white pride activists might have made a fuss by donning a fake Nazi uniform, there is another group in New Zealand who have similar ideas about being superior. In the deeds of some registered trusts, there is a clause that states, “The aims and objectives of the trust shall be to ensure that practical steps are taken to advance progress in the moral, material, social, economic, and cultural life of all Muslims affiliated to this trust with the main aim and objective of enabling them to attain and maintain their rightful and honoured place among the other races.”

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Let’s ignore the reality that Islam is a religion and not a race, for now. If “Muslims” was replaced with “whites”, the clause would read as if it were taken from the National Socialist manifesto. The philosophy is surely not OK and yet some New Zealand organisations have this clause or a minor variant as part of their written deeds. One of those organisations has been working very closely with the Human Rights Commission: The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. The HRC has issued joint statements with this group and Dame Susan has said, “The Human Rights Commission stands alongside Muslim New Zealanders in their continued and uncompromising call for peace.”

It seems a gross double standard that our Race Relations Commissioner would be so strongly against white pride and so strongly supportive of Muslim pride. The Right Wing Resistance members hold signs at protests that read “Equal rights for NZ Whites” while FIANZ and other Islamic organisations have legal documents stating they believe Muslims have a right to an honoured place in New Zealand. One is the subject of criticism while the other is warmly embraced.

Will our Race Relations Commissioner speak out against all fascism/supremacism or only when it is from white Pakeha?


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