The Herald reports:
The Human Rights Commission says Maori Party MP Hone Harawira needs to consider whether his personal feelings are helpful to race relations.
Good to have the HRC comment.
Mr Harawira said in a weekend newspaper interview he would not feel comfortable if one of his seven children brought home a Pakeha partner, and believed many Pakeha would feel the same about Maori.
Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres said members of the public had contacted the Human Rights Commission about the remarks.
He said Mr Harawira’s comments reflected an “unwelcome prejudice” toward Pakeha, adding that census statistics on babies’ ethnicities contradicted Mr Harawira’s views.
It is prejudice. Especially as it was painted purely negatively towards Pakeha. If Hone had said he prefers his children to date Maori as it helps keeps the Maori culture alive, that would be somewhat different. But he basically said he does not want them dating whiteys – would have no problems with Pacific Islanders.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said the remarks were not racist and probably mirrored the feelings of many people. …
“I think it’s just not divisive at all. It’s a view point.”
Not racist and not divisive?
So if a Caucasian Member of Parliament came out and said that he would not want his children to date Maori or Pacific Islanders, that would not be racist, and that would not be divisive?
I’m very disappointed. If the Maori Party ever talk about prejudice or racism, then their words are going to be rather hollow in future.Tags: Hone Harawira, Human Rights Commission, Joris de Bres, Maori Party, Pita Sharples