The racism inside the Green party

The Green party has a serious gender imbalance.

When aspiring co-leader Julie Anne Genter isn’t making sexist, racist and ageist remarks about old white men, some Green Party supporters of aspiring co-leader Marama Davidson are rejecting Julie Anne Genter for being a white woman. They are threatening to leave the party if the democratic vote does not deliver a co-leader with the approved skin colour.


A group of Green Party members have threatened to quit the party if Julie Anne Genter wins the co-leadership race.

Women’s Minister Genter is facing off against backbencher Marama Davidson for co-leader of the party, filling the vacancy left when Metira Turei resigned last year.

A small group of Young Greens members – understood to be fewer than ten – have loudly threatened online to quit if Genter wins. Several branches have also seen single members threaten to quit in person.

[…] Many Davidson supporters are very keen to make sure one of the co-leaders is Māori – if the Greens were to elect Genter they would be the only party in Parliament without Māori in the leadership team.

One member from Auckland who wished not to be named said he was considering leaving if Genter won.

I daresay there would probably be a notable exodus of members if Julie Anne won,” he said.

He was keen to see the Green Party become the new political home of Māori and didn’t think having “two Pākehā middle class co-leaders” would help do that.

[…] Genter said it was “really disappointing and surprising”.

“I don’t think it would reflect the view of most Green Party members. If people really care about the party they know that both Marama and I are working in the best interests of the party.[…]

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I think that it is hilarious that Genter who was quite comfortable telling old white men to move over to make way for ‘diverse’ people on boards, is now experiencing pressure from some within her own party to move over for a more ‘diverse’ candidate. It is all fun and games supporting ‘positive discrimination’ against other white people but it is not as much fun when she is the white person being discriminated against.


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