A superb letter to the editor published in this morning’s Christchurch Press shows that the issue at the heart of the hikoi is not just about racist seats on the Auckland council – it goes very much wider that that:
Blacks in America once had special seats reserved for them; down the backs of buses. Fortunately for every black man and woman in the US today, one brave black woman, Rosa Parks, challenged the entire ethic behind such seats, by sitting up the front, and so starting the civil rights movement. And yet New Zealand Maori seem determined to reclaim those special bus seats back.
Rosa would surely be turning in her grave, trying to keep a wise distance from the Hikoi.
So long as we continue to seek a morality based on the tribe and the collective, and not a morality of man qua man, then we remain forever trapped in a State of barbarism, slaves to the State and the tyranny of the many.
You can thank the author here at SOLO.