Although I am not a great fan of racial pride, I am sure that Maoris as
a whole -- as well as his family, sub-tribe, tribe, and New Zealand as a whole
-- take pride in his achievement.
I was, however, disgusted that TV Wom, in their 6 o'clock News of 6th July
2007, announced that Sarah Ulmer (who won a gold medal by competing against
other mere women in a mere sport) was the first to greet him at the airport.
That was obviously yet another example of stage-managing, political manipulation
and political propaganda by our feminist rulers. They
spare no effort to detract from the self-sacrifice of men in war. Even
the National War Memorial in Wellington has a statue of a civilian woman and
child, with no statue of a male or of a soldier! It is worth pointing out
that women got the vote more than a century ago, but it is men who get conscripted
to fight in wars -- women only go if they feel like it! That is what Feminists
More recently, there has been yet
another furore about child abuse. This time -- following on from the Australian
government's intervention in Aborigine communities to stop child abuse --
a lot of people have been blaming Maoris*, which is racist.
The issue is stupidity in the use of statistics.
It is (apparently) true that there are disproportionately more Maori than
Non-Maori abusers of children, but it is racist to assume that the cause is
their race. Not only is it racist, but it creates bad feeling between races
and is likely to make Maoris defensive.
I have complained in the past about attempts to give better treatment and
more resources to Maoris in matters such as health, because this discriminates
against Non-Maoris. Using racial statistics to determine health policy advantages
Maoris, and using racial statistics to determine the causes of child abuse
disadvantages Maoris -- but both uses of statistics are stupid and racist.
All organisations in New Zealand should be banned
from collecting statistics on race. Race -- like religion -- is just
another way of dividing the population into mutually hostile groups. Statistics
on race should only be gathered where absolutely necessary (as in determining
the Maori electorate for the purposes of determining who is entitled to vote
for the Maori seats in Parliament, which should be abolished anyway).
If we do not have racial statistics, we will be unable to target health
spending according to race, and we will be unable to blame one particular
race for child abuse. Then we will be able to look at the real causes! We
will instead be able to collect statistics on drug use, solo parenthood, alcohol
use, education levels, income levels, spending habits, diet, and so forth.
It may well be that Maoris are at the low end of the spectrum in all these
statistics, and that that has something to do with their health and child
abuse rates. But, to solve those problems, we should
not focus on their race but on the real underlying causes! (And we
should have a national policy to encourage racial intermarriage).
1 In fact, the case that received a lot of publicity
at the time in question may have involved Cook Islands Maoris, rather than
New Zealand Maoris, but other such cases have involved New Zealand Maoris.