The perils of racism

Credit: Luke

Guest post

The perils of racism.

The Dame Susan Devoy attack on Duncan Garner, his response and the excellent article by SB made me have a close look at racism and what is its impact.

It is a very “hot” topic these days and no self respecting individual wants to be labelled as racist – for example a white person criticising the NFL players for their anthem protests is racist – because those players are predominately black. Likewise, Duncan Garner is racist because of snakes and Asians….

It seems that being white is inherently racist and no other race can be!

It would be amusing if it wasn’t so ludicrous and the implications so serious.

Lets have a look at true racism and its impact.  

Hitler was a racist – Jews, Eastern Europeans and peoples of the Slavic countries were seen as vermin to be exterminated.

Japan was racist – all other peoples were seen as little more than monkeys and were treated as such – Japanese atrocities in WW2 were horrendous and mainly due to racial bias.

Slavery was racist but also tribal, economic and sexual – this continues. If any person thinks that slavery does not exist, just go online and Google slavery today – the stats are eye opening! It is estimated that 40 million people are slaves and shockingly, 25% of those are children.

Apartheid in Southern Africa was racist – government mandated rules subjugating one race while enhancing another.

So does real racism exist today?

Clearly it does, just not in the way that Dame Devoy would elucidate!

Japan still has deep elements of racism – it is part of their culture. So does China, India, Russia and most of Asia and Arabia. In fact most countries with a single culture show signs of inherent racism – and antipathy to foreigner’s.

It is only in the west where diversity has occurred that racism has diminished. Though that is not the story that the MSM and Dame Devoy would have you know.

In the case of apartheid, racism was used to subjugate the majority (blacks) by the minority (whites). Since the overturn of apartheid it is rather ironic to find that inverse racism is now occurring with race based quota’s in place in many aspects of South African life – subjugating the minority (whites) while enhancing the majority (blacks) – but we don’t see any protests about that!

We also have examples of a tribal and/or religious form of racism where a minority tribe/religion has subjugated the majority – the Alawite’s of Syria through the Assad regime are an example of the tribal form, while the Iraqi Saddam Hussein, of the minority Sunni religion, is an example of the religious form. The original coup in Fiji was race based as the minority Fijians were ousted from power in the Fijian government.

What about here in New Zealand?

Before we explore NZ, it must be noted that any “ism” whether it be race, tribe, religious or sexual seeks to subjugate a group of people while enhancing another. It is never a benign transaction – there are winners and losers! An example is where a person gains entrance to a university course based upon Race or gender, displacing a person with better credentials!

So lets look at NZ.

Institutionalised racism is rife in New Zealand, under the guise of affirmative action.

We have the race based seats in parliament for those of Maori descent, race based covenants as part of our laws, race based seats on local councils and race based preferential treatment by many institutions – all mandated by law.

As we have seen above, institutional “ism” is not necessarily the province of the majority, indeed in most cases it is the minority that seeks to subjugate the majority! Therefore the tenant that the likes of Dame Devoy uses that Maori is in the minority and therefore are deserving of “special” treatment and “it can’t be racism”, simply does not fly!

What I cannot understand is why there is so much hypocrisy both here in NZ and overseas by people in positions of power – such as Dame Devoy. Any “ism” is harmful, yet according to Dame Devoy, only some may be acknowledged!


– Rosco

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