“Racism is definitely associated with power and using power to deprive another group,” she said.
“Maori are not in a position of power in this country and therefore cannot deprive Pakeha.”
I guess Mutu’s logic is that as a Maori she cannot be in a privileged position, because in general terms Maori are not privileged in our society. But Mutu isn’t just any random Maori – she’s a full Professor and Head of Department at our most prestigious university, a position of great institutional power. And she’s not just attacking Pakeha – she’s attacking immigrants, a textbook class of a dis-empowered and marginalised section of the community. If racism is using power against the powerless, she meets the criteria.