1500 Greens blocked the Harbour Bridge yesterday. Today, a similar number of racists (and school children trucked in by their teachers to add to the numbers) are blocking the motorways to protest the lack of racist seats on the new Auckland uber-city.
I’ll say that again: this hikoi is not to protest Rodney Hide’s Super City, it’s to protest that Rodney hasn’t thrown them some race-based seats.
Twenty-eight years ago, many of these same people were out on the streets protesting playing rugby against a regime who divided up the body politic on the basis of race. Now, they’re out disrupting traffic because the new city being stream-rolled through isn’t going to be based on racial separatism. The ironies abound.
As I said the other day, there’s certainly plenty of reasons to protest against the uber-city – here’s several right here – but objecting that it’s not sufficiently racist is not one of them. In fact, it’s the only thing about the uber-city to like.
Say no to the hikoi, to racist government, and to the Auckland uber-city.
UPDATE 1: Here’s Johnny Clegg, for everyone who still appreciates irony:
And though there were hundreds of them out today, not one day's work was lost.
Blacks in the US used to have 'special seats' reserved for them -- they were down the back of buses. Fortunately for every individual black man and woman in the US today, one brave black woman, Rosa Parks, challenged the entire ethic behind these special seats by sitting up the front.