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  • tussock,

    That was far too big and you should not allow comments that long, Russell.

    But we're "not racist" in employment, "not racist" in justice, "not racist" in education, "not racist" in our wars, our news, or our working out where people are from by the spelling of their name. Not even racist in immigration policy, or medical licensing, or anything really. Our endless wars of "cultural superiority" abroad (oh, gods, they mutilate female genitals! how cruel, so unlike our useful and practical mutilation of male genitals) do not make us threatening, nor are our (white man) allies tens of thousands of nuclear weapons any sort of threat of any kind to any one at all (just don't let them get any, ever, or watch out!).


    But you know what I'm seeing here that pisses me off? "Oh, they might not be wrong." It's like we're having a discussion about the accuracy of Mein Kamph in relation to the occupations of Jewish people, and how it "might not be wrong".

    Labour's the next biggest political party to the government, and I can now count neither of them who don't indulge in casual race-baiting. It's really horrible when Winston does it, it's really pitiful when ACT does it, but it's really fucking scary when Labour are refusing to walk away from this horrible shit and having their media people come out and defend it instead.

    Blaming minority groups for significant government problems, when they're in opposition and can just blame the fucking government! Yes this gets more press, and that is a very, very bad thing.

    Since Nov 2006 • 610 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to tussock,

    +1

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to tussock,

    Blaming minority groups for significant government problems, when they're in opposition and can just blame the fucking government!

    that's how smart they are, yes.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to tussock,

    Big German bloke, no problem.

    Yes problem. Dotcom was not allowed to buy his mansion and continues to rent it from the owners.

    But a Chinese company (actually owned by a kiwi, married to an MP of all things) bought a farm? HOLY SHITBALLS! And not because racism.

    Which one was that?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I believe it's a mistaken understanding of the ownership structure of Oravida.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yes problem. Dotcom was not allowed to buy his mansion and continues to rent it from the owners.

    No matter what his and his family’s housing situation, he was vilified based on his nationality/country-of-origin. Vilified based on his size and weight. Vilified based on his accent. Vilified based on his lifestyle and wealth. Vilified based on the perceived mismatch between his appearance and the appearance of his wife.

    As permanent residents of New Zealand, no one looked past his and his family’s ethnicity and appearance and said, but they are one of us now. "The Big German" says it all.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    "The Big German" says it all.

    Not when it's said with what appears to be heavy irony.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to tussock,

    Labour’s the next biggest political party to the government, and I can now count neither of them who don’t indulge in casual race-baiting. It’s really horrible when Winston does it, it’s really pitiful when ACT does it, but it’s really fucking scary when Labour are refusing to walk away from this horrible shit and having their media people come out and defend it instead.

    Blaming minority groups for significant government problems, when they’re in opposition and can just blame the fucking government! Yes this gets more press, and that is a very, very bad thing.

    Frank Macskasy (who sometimes writes for The Daily Blog) summed it up best in the opening of his latest post:

    Why Labour should NEVER play the race card … because National doesn’t like the competition.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • chris, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Why Labour should NEVER play the race card … because National doesn’t like the competition.

    While that’s a clever one liner, the responses to the comments below just weren’t up to scratch;

    land and housing should not be sold to non-New Zealand residents or citizens. If you want to buy a house or farm, become a citizen and move to New Zealand.

    So no Students? No one with temporary working visas?

    What part of becoming a citizen or permanent resident do you have difficulty with?

    Resident or Permanent resident? It's just not up to snuff.

    What really brought this home for me was Danyl’s post

    Her point was that she experienced racism on a pretty frequent basis, mostly from guys yelling insults at her as they drove past in cars, and whenever politicians indulged in politics about Asian immigration it always felt like they were siding with the guys in the cars over her simply because there were more of them and politics is a numbers game.[…]If that’s all it is then why are so many Chinese New-Zealanders so offended by it? Could it be that white people who have never experienced racism aren’t the best arbiters of it, while ethnicities who experience racism on a routine basis know it when they see it, and are pretty damn sure they’re seeing it now?

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1302 posts Report Reply

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