Comment of the Day

From George:

When Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Don Brash presented speeches that focus on racial equality, two of them were deemed as revolutionary heroes and the other, a racist. Now I know there is a vast difference surrounding the circumstances that confronted each of them at the time but their messages were, in all intense and purpose, the same.

This is an extract from Mandela’s speech when he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1962. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”.

And now an extract from King’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character”.

And finally an extract from Brash’s speech delivered at Orewa in 2004. “That Maori New Zealanders should have the same rights – no more and no less – as other New Zealanders”.

I guess it is hard to argue with any of these sentiments, equality for all. Yet for some reason equality is not acceptable in NZ. To express this desire appears to be racist. There are those of the left who choose to manipulate our ethnic diversity to advance their own superiority. In other words, Maori can’t manage without their intervention. This patronisation and condescending attitude is rife throughout socialism and is the root of all racial tension. Maori are not disadvantaged but are forced into believing they are by socialist manipulation of fact. King once said “ I want to be the white man’s brother not his brother-in-law”. As long as we have laws that advantage Maori then they will remain only our brothers-in-law never our full brothers.

And a salute to Don Brash through another of King’s quotes: “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

Thanks Don for being that man.

Isn’t it amazing how similar words can mean different things to audiences in different locations.

Don Brash was labelled a racist for wanting equality for all New Zealanders. It was and remains a scurrilous smear against a fine Kiwi gentleman.



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