Hone Hariawira labels Australian PM John Howard a "racist" for his emergency excursion into Northern Territory aboriginal communities in which child sex abuse is endemic, places where young children are being offered up for sex in return for petrol. It's telling that Hone fails to offer any serious solution of his own to this dire situation, one that's arisen say many commentators from what's been called "genocide by welfare."
What's equally telling is that as an epithet delivered by the Maori Party, "racist" is one that rather suffers from over-use. John Howard, frankly, has no need to feel singled out.
Just as the Greens tend to over-use the word "ban" (a search last year found the word ban appears 165 times on their site; doing the same search this morning shows the word only appearing 65 times using the Greens' search engine, and 1,140 times using Google's), the Maori Party -- a party explicitly founded on the basis of race -- tends to see the world in, and there's no other phrase for it, in black and white terms. Oppose anyone of darker hue, for whatever reason, and out like a knee jerk comes the 'R' word: "Racist" shows up on their site 41 times according to their own search engine, and 56 using Google's -- not as big a hit rate as the Greens' favourite word, that's true, but then the Greens have been around for longer, and they're more productive.
Examples abound, from "a bill [Te Ururoa Flavell] might have credited to a bigot, a redneck, a racist, or just a plain idiot," to "the recent racist roots of the world's nuclear powers" that continue our "oppression," to a "perception" that "the police institution is a racist institution," to a warning of "the very real danger of racist ideologies which threaten the security of Aotearoa for tangata whenua."
It must be tiring being so racially oppressed. Frankly, I think the Greens over-use of the word "ban" and the Maori Party's over-use of the epithet "racist" have a common cause. It says more about both of them than it does about us.
UPDATE: Whale Oil and Red Confectionery have comments worth reading.