Written By: - Date published: 6:10 am, May 10th, 2010 - 45 comments
Categories: accountability, brand key, history, human rights, International, john key, national, racism - Tags: All Blacks, apology, Maori, RWC, separatism, South Africa, springbok tour
Congratulations John on your latest speech. We especially like the line
“Let me be clear: there is no room for separatism in New Zealand.”
Very masterly, clear and unequivocal. I know you meant what you said and weren’t just dog-whistling to the racist red-necks in the audience who’re feeling spooked by us signing up to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Considering your new found taste for such politics (I know it must be fairly new because when they asked you on bfm you ‘couldn’t remember’ which side you were on during the Springbok Tour), here’s a prime opportunity to disambiguate and consolidate your position – and set that Springbok Tour question straight once and for all.
Just like the South African Government Minister of Sport has done for the wrongs done to New Zealand Maori All Blacks. Rev Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile has officially acknowledged the past wrongs of South Africa’s forefathers and apologized for their separatist racism towards our Maori All Blacks – exactly the same separatist racism our Governments showed when they colluded with the South African Government in forbidding Maori All Blacks from playing against white Springboks. While you’re at it you could apologize for Muldoon inviting the all white Springboks Tour that ripped this country apart. These were, after all, shameful and offensive acts perpetrated by New Zealand governments against its own people.
So just apologise. We can’t rely on the aligator hunters in the NZRU to do anything with a 21st Century social conscience, so make it a formal New Zealand Government apology to our Maori All Blacks, endorsing the South African apology to them. Make it now – before you’re forced to and before it ends up just looking, well, forced and like a cynical expediency. Apologise because its the right thing to do, in solidarity with anti-separatist South Africa, which clearly has exactly the same sentiments as you expressed in your speech.
But if doing it because its the right thing doesn’t work for you, think of the great symbolism John (that’s important you know, like with DRIP, and coming back for the ANZAC Day crash funeral). Think of the opportunity to show Maori you’re not just a ‘smiling snake‘ like Hone said you were, using Maori when it suits you and completely unworthy of their trust. Think of the international exposure for the Rugby World Cup. Think of how you could show all New Zealand that you really were always opposed to the Springbok Tour.
Think of how you could prove that when you say “there is no room for separatism in New Zealand”, you actually mean it and you aren’t just a two-faced dog-whistling bigot after all.