Wednesday, 30 July 2014

This man is a racist [update 2]


ACT leader Jamie Whyte

is calling for a taskforce to identify and repeal laws which he says give special treatment to Maori, saying that "the principle that the law should be impartial has never been fully embraced in New Zealand.”

That’s enough for Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell to play the racism card :

Dr Whyte is vying for the "redneck sector of the voting community,” [says Flavell] and there is "no doubt that there is an element of racism in those comments."

This from the leader of a race-based party, sitting in a race-based seat, elected to parliament by a race-based electorate to argue for race-based law.

This man is a racist.

UPDATE 1:  If you can get your head around this page of pseudo-academic jargon-ridden bile poured over Whyte’s position, you’ll be on your way to seeing how postmodernists can call non-racism racism, and vice versa.  (I’d say “make black white”…  but racism.)

UPDATE 2: More drivel, from alleged pundit Tim Watkin, who ‘argues,’ “Jamie Whyte's speech insisting "race has no place in the law" ignores the fact that the law has never been blind to race, let alone wealth, history and any number of other things.” And then proceeds to argue the law should continue not being blind to race.
Because, apparently, racism.


  1. Yup, one law for king through peasant. The majority of NZers support this. Next.

    Agree, Mr Flavell is the racist here.

  2. The problem is that schools and universities have been trotting out this babble for decades now. The reason so many Maori are poor, in bad health or in prison is not because their parents didn't give a stuff, or their family didn't value education, or their family didn't reject violence, or they eat too much junk, or don't exercise, or smoke and drink too much, or commit crimes - it is "the system" that made them do it.

    It is determinism and structuralism that utterly corrupt the thinking and the ideology behind it all and Susan Devoy, who you MIGHT have thought would appreciate the link between individual effort and autonomy and results, has bought into it all.

    So it has to be attacked at a more basic root level.

    The constant "system blaming" for individual failure is fueling individual failure and feeding an industry of those rent-seeking the bureaucracy built up to compensate for this.

    The primary cause of poverty is being born to parents who are poor, which is a result of choosing not to care about the consequences of breeding and then being negligent parents. The state rewards this by bailing out anyone who follows this path, at the cost of those who don't.

    As a footnote, I don't think there are many laws of the type Whyte states. Certainly there are institutions and funding that is Maori based, and much public sector consultation that orients towards this (and the RMA). Private sector activity by and large has none of that, which of course is the point. It is the state privileging certain Maori representation as being special in its business, in a way the private sector doesn't.

  3. Can we just clarify; you guys think the Civil Rights Act is an abomination too right?

  4. The US civil rights movement was a just movement against state enforced racism. It had elements of socialism that I disagree with, and forcing anyone to trade with another is wrong, but its fundamentals were just. Bear in mind the famous Montgomery bus boycott was of a state enforced monopoly provider operating a racist service. Only through the perversions of post-modernist relativism could anyone think that those who believe in individual freedom are racist.

  5. Sean Fitzpatrick1 Aug 2014, 10:59:00

    As Scott says - blaming the 'system'(TM) is the root of the ongoing problem of demanding the 'system'(TM) pivot to fixing the mess it is supposed to have created. Welcome to the vicious circle.


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