Why is Labour silent on the N word?

September 7th, 2012 at 7:58 am by David Farrar

has said he will never support a National-led Government, so if he gets the chance will support or even be a Minister in a -led Government. David Shearer has not ruled him out.

So has Labour got anything to say on whether they find it acceptable for Harawira to call other Maori MPs, “house niggers”?

You see their silence is rather inconsistent. In 2005 David Benson Pope alleged Rodney Hide said “dopey niggers” in the House. He was wrong, as what Rodney said was “Don’t be negative”. But Benson-Pope said he was so offended he was going to file a Privileges Complaint. He also refused to apologise for his mistake, until Clark made him do so.

So will any Maori MP from Labour have the guts to stand up to Hone and say how offensive his words were? I won’t hold my breath waiting.

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84 Responses to “Why is Labour silent on the N word?”

  1. Brian Smaller (3,999 comments) says:

    They wont because lefties believe that Maori who support National are Uncle Toms anyway. Not a big jump from saying Uncle Tom to House Nigger.

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  2. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    The Standard has been very quiet on this too, with a few muted comments sort of supportive of Harawira. No posts yet (in fact the site is down so far this morning).

    Meanwhile Harawira is all over the place, contradictions galore. Here’s a timeline of his comments: Harawira backtracks and contradicts.

    He even put on an act on Frontline this morning trying to make out there was no big deal about using ‘nigger’ and it was no more offensive than someone saying ‘fuck’ on The Block last night. Yeah, right.

    And he keeps pushing the Key as slave owner in the 1950s line. That’s bizarre.

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  3. Manolo (13,396 comments) says:

    They never will, because the socialists are afraid to alienate the thug Harawira, a potential coalition partner.
    The hypocrisy and cynicism of the Labour Party should not come as a surprise to anyone.

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  4. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    As I posted on the previous post, Hone is now trying to explain himself. Apparently his comment wasn’t directed at the Maori Party, it was directed at Maori MPs in the National Party.

    Oh good. That’s so much better. Because it makes such a huge difference when you find out just who he was calling house niggers, and implying they were traitors to their race.

    Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says his ‘N-word’ slur was never directed at his former Maori Party colleagues.

    Speaking on Campbell Live tonight, Mr Harawira denies his comments were directed at the pair.

    “I didn’t call anyone a house n***er, I’m challenging John Key in the way in which he’s treating his Maori MPs. He’s treating them that way and I don’t think he should.”

    Mr Harawira says he doesn’t regret his choice of words.

    “If people don’t want me to use a phrase from Alabama from back in the 1950s, maybe they should say to the prime minister ‘stop acting like a plantation owner from Alabama in the 1950s’.”

    There’s another interesting point. Hone says ‘I didn’t call anyone a house nigger’. Hmmm. Rereading the quote, I can kind of squint in a certain way and hold my head on an angle and agree that technically he didn’t call anyone a house nigger – but that’s really stretching it, Hone.

    Come on, Hone – everyone knows exactly what you were saying, and just what you were implying. Man up. Don’t try and wriggle out of it now.

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    why keep feeding this man’s oafish behaviour? I mean, really, why?

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  6. Hamnida (905 comments) says:

    If I was Labour, I’d stay away from the N word debate. What could be gained?

    This is between Key, his Ministers, the Maori Party, and Hone.

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  7. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    If you are defending yourself then you know it was wrong! If there is nothing wrong with what he said then why is he defending himself?

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  8. Brian Smaller (3,999 comments) says:

    What gets me is that this mother fucker has more English blood than I do.

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  9. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    Why is Labour silent on the N word?

    Could it be… ummm… because they see this Sideshow Hone incident for how little it is?

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  10. Cunningham (821 comments) says:

    The whole thing is despicable. Mind you it gives National some ammunition in the lead up to the general election. You can imagine Key asking Shearer in a debate if he is happy to go into colaition with a guy who calls people ‘house niggers’. He would squirm big time.

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  11. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    What gets me is that this mother fucker has more English blood than I do.

    I sat next to him on a flight recently. He was engrossed in a book on the life and times of Queen Victoria :)

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  12. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    Cunningham – It would go something like this Shearer “umm er what I think is ur um the thing is ah er”

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  13. Yvette (2,692 comments) says:

    Isn’t the word ‘house’ in this context more offensive than ‘nigger’.
    With the background meaning of the word as used in 1950s Alabama, referred to by Harawira, try substituting ‘Judas’ to get a better feel for it – traitors of their own people.
    ‘Judas niggers’ – nice term for a Member of Parliament.

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  14. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    Trying to make out there was no big deal about using ‘nigger’?

    Firstly, it wasn’t just the word, it was the phrase ‘house nigger’, which implies that the Maori MPs in the National Party are traitors to their race, and have sold out to the white man.

    Secondly, I wonder how he would feel if someone called his mother a ‘house nigger’? After all, didn’t she escort John Key onto Waitangi this year? So surely in Hone’s eyes, that’s a betrayal to Maori. Does that not, in Hone’s reasoning, make Titewhai Harawira a ‘house nigger’?

    Thirdly, his pride and joy nephew Wi Popata has certainly targetted both Pita Sharples and Te Ururoa Flavell and called them “John Key’s niggers”. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10783690

    How can anyone respect Hone Harawira? He really is quite a nasty and vicious man.

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  15. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    Yvette – snap.

    However Hone tries to make light of it, the plain fact is that calling someone a “house nigger” is bloody nasty.

    Wait until someone uses the term in reference to his mother for her ‘betrayal of Maori in escorting John Key onto Waitangi this year. See if he’s quite so relaxed about it then.

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  16. Alan Johnstone (1,064 comments) says:

    Am I the only one that is concerned that Hone appears to think that there was slavery and plantation owners in the 1950s with house (and presumably field) niggers ?

    Civil war finished in 1864 bro.

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  17. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Firstly, it wasn’t just the word, it was the phrase ‘house nigger’, which implies that the Maori MPs in the National Party are traitors to their race, and have sold out to the white man.

    But here Harawira slithers. He has said:
    - it wasn’t directed at any MPs
    - it was directed at National’s Maori Mps (two were named on Campbell last night)
    - it wasn’t directed at Maori Party MPs but keeps naming them in the next breath
    - it was directed at John Key

    He acts the tough guy amongst his own supporters (and there’s quite a few of them) but when he has to front up he puts on an innocent act. Gutless and/or deceitful.

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  18. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Alan – that whole plantation owner analogy is bizarre nonsense, I think he’s using it to try and justify using the term ‘house niggers’ but it has nothing to do with New Zealand, nor the 21st century.

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  19. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    Pete, as I said previously, does it make any difference who it was directed at?

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  20. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    The perfect person who once might have stood up and said this was unacceptable is Shane Jones. Sadly, he doesn’t have much of a voice anymore.

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  21. Graeme Edgeler (3,269 comments) says:

    Why is National silent on the N Word?

    Seriously, I’ve read a few of the news articles about this statement, and not one National MP has objected to either the words or the sentiment.

    No media comment.

    No press releases.

    I’ve even checked the National MPs’ blog. Nothing.

    I suppose there might be a facebook post or something, but there could easily be a one from same Labour MP I’m not “friends” with.

    Or could it just be that both Labour and National want to avoid giving Hone more airtime?

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  22. Nookin (3,037 comments) says:

    “This is between Key, his Ministers, the Maori Party, and Hone.”

    Really? An MP stirs up racial dissent by making wholly innappropriate comparisons in a deliberately objectionable (and wrong) manner and it’s just a private tiff? I have a wide selection of bridges that you might want to buy. Starting with one connecting your astral travelling with reality.

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  23. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Why is National silent on the N Word?

    Fair comment. And what about the other parties? It’s understandable they might want to keep a distance from Harawira’s comments.

    But it’s also fair to ask about those who suggest Mana/Harawira as possible coalition partner if they could work alongside him and trust him. He’s being openly devious and twofaced on this.

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  24. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    The only people offended by all this are you fella’s prattling on. Who the hell cares?
    Out in the real world this stuff happens all day. Go get a real life.
    Find something intelligent to prattle on about. Say maybe building businesses or how we can increase our export profitability.
    How we can reduce the cost of Govt.
    This Govt. needs a rocket up its arse before we all go bankrupt.
    How much do continue to we borrow each week?

    300 jobs gone this weerk.
    Doesn’t that ring some alarm bells?

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  25. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    Although this business has been very amusing, it’s a non story. If Key or Shearer had called Hone bin a Lyan a nigger, then it would be a story. But this is the norm for Hatfield; its nothing out of the ordinary and we all know very well the sort of person he is.

    So why the faux outrage that ‘this’ politician or ‘that’ politician hasn’t commented on it. This is just PC bullshit in the extreme. Why should Shearer “comment”? Certainly, it would add to the humour value if he did, but that doesn’t oblige him to comment. He isn’t responsible for Hatfield. It might be relevant in an election year to those who get all sanctimonious about this stuff but privately are no less racist than Hatfield, but even then, why should Shearer comment? And what is it exactly that we expect him to say? Are we waiting for him to say: “I agree with Hone”? Or do we expect him to say: “tsk tsk very naughty”? Who cares?

    It is no secret that Hatfield is racist. He was a racist when Shearer said he could work with him. Has anything changed? And what’s the diff here? He has called fellow Maori niggers. So what? He’s an arse.

    What is it that makes so many people nowadays demand the ritual public condemnation for this sort of crap in order to feel better about themselves?

    So please, enjoy the entertainment value as I do, but really, should we take it seriously? Pfft.

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  26. Brian Smaller (3,999 comments) says:

    Civil war finished in 1864 bro.

    Actually April-June 1865. But I get your point.

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  27. Scott Chris (5,884 comments) says:

    Perhaps those who were referred to as house niggers should be the ones kicking up a fuss if they so wish and the rest of us should talk about something else.

    I smell the familiar political stench of faux indignation.

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  28. SGA (816 comments) says:

    @Scott Chris

    I was just about to write something similar. First and foremost this is about the Mana and Maori Parties. It would seem wise for National and Labour to “keep their powder dry” until they see how that pans out.

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  29. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    Agree TDM – where is the National MP’s outrage? Methinks the DPF doth protest too much.

    And frankly, who gives a shit what this moron thinks and says. He is playing to his crowd, and they lap it up – and when ‘whitey’ objects, they love it more. Would they be outraged if JK told John Hatfield to shut the fuck up your brain dead nigger? Damn tootin they would. Would JK ever say that? No, for a simple reason.

    JK is quite comfortable with his antics, and labours silence. Scares the crap out of the vast middle ground of voters, knowing that IF labour scrape a government together in a couple of years, this dipshit will be front and centre.

    Let him crow. Let him prove to the thinking world what we already know – like his followers he rails against the man but takes the mans dollar, and as such doesnt understand hypocrisy, let alone irony.

    Lucky me, Im related to the fuckwit. And everytime I run in to him at extended family events, he always picks me out as ‘the nigger who done well’. We smile at each other, we hug, and I whisper in his ear “youre a disgrace to the rest of us” and he smiles, we part company. My gorgeous Irish wife, stunning redhead taller than him, wants to smack him one. Always told her whats the point, then he wins.

    Far better to remind him of what he could have been.

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  30. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    I was just about to write something similar. First and foremost this is about the Mana and Maori Parties. It would seem wise for National and Labour to “keep their powder dry” until they see how that pans out.

    It’s not just about Mana and Maori Parties, Harawira has at some stages strongly implied that National MPs are house niggers (especially if he denies that was directed at Maori Party MPs).

    And he has strongly attacked John Key – who happens to be out of the country, which makes Harawira's attacks seem gutless.

    And this whole thing is about water rights and asset sales. National is heavily involved whether they like it or not.

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  31. kowtow (7,653 comments) says:

    Isn’t language a strange thing.
    Nigger,from Spanish for black.

    Black Americans call each other nigger while white Americans are afraid to use the term in public.

    Identity politics and white guilt all rolled up in one word.

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  32. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    Least surprising – and most disappointing – the deafening silence from that gutless wonder Joris de Bres

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  33. SGA (816 comments) says:

    @Pete George

    I didn’t say it was “just about Mana and Maori Parties”, only that other parties might be advised to see how that pans out – the focus of this post on the blog is explicitly about the acceptability of the N word.

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  34. Than (425 comments) says:

    I’m less interested in Labour commenting on this specific Hone-ism (the man’s a tactless offensive racist, but we already knew that) than I am in whether they would accept Hone as a support partner in a Labour led government. National should be demanding Shearer give a firm yes or no on this.

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  35. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    National should be demanding Shearer give a firm yes or no on this.

    I don’t think parties should have to give firm undertakings this far from an election.

    But it’s fair to ask Shearer to give a firm statement on the acceptability of:
    - the initial abusive attack
    - the lack of taking responsibility
    - the manoeuverings that get at least close to lies

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  36. eszett (2,337 comments) says:

    Black Americans call each other nigger while white Americans are afraid to use the term in public.

    A very good take on that issue:

    http://www.illdoctrine.com/2012/06/the_last_word_on_the_n-word.html

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  37. alloytoo (434 comments) says:

    Hone has only the relevance that the media chooses to give him.

    They should take their cue from both the government and the opposition and give him none.

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  38. nasska (10,696 comments) says:

    Than

    Totally agree but why blow a beautiful bit of ammunition now. Hone’s an arsehole in the present & he’ll be an arsehole in the future but he’s a likely coalition partner for the Left.

    Better to save his quotes up & beat the Labour/Greens with them in the lead up to the 2014 elections.

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  39. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    hmmokeydokey

    Hatfield’s crime has nothing to do with name-calling. Personally, I couldn’t care less about that, although I acknowledge that it can genuinely upset some people (I’m not referring to the faux outrage brigade).

    It’s the reinforcing of a negative stereotype amongst non Maori, and the stereotype of entitlement and being owed a living amongst young Maori who think he’s God’s gift because to them (or those of them you see on the goggle box) he is a walking talking validation of their lives.. That is just unforgiveable. He got into Parliament and could have have achieved something positive and he’s just pissed it up against the wall. Just a beligerent fucking oaf and an arsehole to boot IMO. (Please free to disagree since I’m dissin’ one of your rellies :) )

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  40. Elaycee (4,305 comments) says:

    joe bloggs:

    Least surprising – and most disappointing – the deafening silence from that gutless wonder Joris de Bres

    Touche.

    I can imagine the outrage if some paleface outed Hone out for being a useless [insert insult / racist taunt here]… Joris emerging from his nice taxpayer funded office to speak to the gathered media, all puffed up and arms akimbo whilst soundly admonishing the said paleface for ‘straining race relations in Aye-Oh-Tee-Ah-Rower’.

    But don’t expect Joris to comment any time soon – racial hypocrisy is alive and well in this land we all call home.

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  41. Manolo (13,396 comments) says:

    On the subject of comrade de Bres: why hasn’t this National government disbanded his divisive and useless quango and saved several million dollars? Why?

    Labour lite is as guilty as its predecessor for allowing this organisation to continue wasting our money.

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  42. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    TDM, nope, no disagreement from this house nigger :)

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  43. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    ma nigga!

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  44. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    Word

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  45. vto (1,128 comments) says:

    Good on Hone. And nobody should be surprised. Our society is polarising due to ongoing economic and social policies of governments. We are spreading, not coming together. So of course we are going to get more polarised politics. Most all recent statistics on incomes indicate that higher incomes have increased and lower incomes have stagnated or dropped relatively, so what do you expect?

    So who gives a fucking nigger …

    As to why Labour is quiet? Who knows – they are almost as bad as the nats when it comes to this shit.

    But here’s a question – if you had to vote in a polarised manner would you vote to a more extreme left or a more extreme right? A castro Cuba or a nazi Germany?

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  46. Yvette (2,692 comments) says:

    Elaycee and Manolo mention de Bres, but where the fuck is he?
    Hiding? – until he can make some smoothing condescending comments when it is all over?
    Front up de Bres or resign.

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  47. Weihana (4,496 comments) says:

    So will any Maori MP from Labour have the guts to stand up to Hone and say how offensive his words were?

    Does it matter whether or not people find it offensive? Don’t like it? Don’t vote for him. Don’t read his Facebook.

    Surely the pertinent question is whether or not his meaning was wrong. Saying that something is offensive is not an argument in rebuttal of anything.

    How many atheists here like to disparage religious people with terms like “sky fairy”? Do you think religious people are any less offended? Do you give a fuck?

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  48. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    vto – stopped using my taxes to fund your habits yet you hypocrite. Stopped using roads yet? Nah didnt think so.

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  49. minto57 (197 comments) says:

    Yes it is offensive and just because some shithead said it does not make any less offensive.

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  50. vto (1,128 comments) says:

    homorightis – you looking for a scrap? If so, best you start off facing the right direction you dumb egg.

    as for yourself – do you receive money from the state? have you used the school system? the health system? got parents on the pension? receive wff? drive on a road today? If any of those, plus countless others, have you ever cheated the tax system? done a cash job? claimed an illegitimate expense? got any ouststanding debts to the state e.g. acc premium? income tax? do you take drugs or get pissed? If any of the above then you are no different to all those unemployed people that you hate. dumbarse

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  51. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    vto, Im not the retard calling for the world to ignore the social contract. Me, last tax year I paid $150K in tax. You? So, one by one:

    1. State money? Nope
    2. School system: of course, der, refer my tax bill
    3. Health – nope, not for around 5 years
    4. WFF – yeah right
    5. Parents on pension – nope
    6. Cheated the tax system – see above
    7. Cash job – impossible for me, wouldnt anyway
    8. Illegitimate expenses – dont have any
    9. Debts – none
    10. drugs, get pissed – nope, I have an ultra running habit that largely precludes both

    You were the one calling for the social contract to be torn up you fucktard. Stay off our roads or Ill fucking shoving that contract down your red neck. But do have a nice day :)

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  52. vto (1,128 comments) says:

    be good to meet you one day cunt. see who gets what shoved where.

    and yep, tear up the social contract. it’s going to happen soon anyway

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  53. Griff (6,833 comments) says:

    I smell demerits
    c**t is KBs n word

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  54. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    “be good to meet you one day cunt. see who gets what shoved where.”

    A fight, a fight!!!

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  55. Lance (2,461 comments) says:

    vto has no argument so he wants to give the bash.

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  56. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    I’ll put a tenner on hmmokrightitis to knock him out in the first round…

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  57. thedavincimode (6,539 comments) says:

    As Hamhead says, pinkos are more intelligent …

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  58. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    vto:

    Good on Hone. And nobody should be surprised. Our society is polarising due to ongoing economic and social policies of governments. We are spreading, not coming together. So of course we are going to get more polarised politics.

    Harawira is polarising, deliberately. He is trying wedge politics with the Maori Party. And he hasn’t yet achieved much of note with this approach.

    He effectively sabotaged the King’s supposed aim for the hui – unity in Maoridom. That is probably why someone told him to pull his head in and try and bullshit his way out of his own mess.

    The Harawira family’s approach, derisive and devisive – is stink. It’s time Maoridom acted on the feeling of a nigger in the woodpile and stood up to them.

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  59. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Typical Harawira. Having denied his nigger comment was aimed at Maori MPs:

    “After my criticism, the very next morning, Pita Sharples says ‘we haven’t met to decide yet’ and by yesterday afternoon, he’d decided he was coming.”

    This is typical of Harawira’s contradictions – his words were not aimed at the Maori MPs but implying they were n*****s caused them to change their mind?

    He’s trying to deny and claim credit for the same thing.

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  60. Manolo (13,396 comments) says:

    It’s time Maoridom acted on the feeling of a nigger in the woodpile and stood up to them.

    Keep dreaming, P.G. They are all into it up to their eyeballs.
    It’s a very profitable business after all.

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  61. Redbaiter (7,643 comments) says:

    Ooops, serious mistake their PG.

    You forgot to put stars in one instance of NIGGER .

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  62. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    No Manolo, they are not all in it. But those remaining silent and allowing the noisy fringe and greedy opportunists to carry on unopposed could do something about it.

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  63. Redbaiter (7,643 comments) says:

    “A castro Cuba or a nazi Germany?”

    Both examples of big government left wing one party state totalitarianism.

    (Nazis- National SOCIALISTS..!!!)

    (another ignorant of history brain damaged half educated product of a totally dysfunctional Progressive controlled so called education system)

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  64. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    aww bless, poor wee diddums :) “be good to meet you one day cunt. see who gets what shoved where.”

    Love to meet you too honey. This nigger learnt to box at school, and whilst my muay thai skills are still a little rusty, sparing sessions with my nephew who is a cop have bought them back to life. But then Im a runner, not a fighter. I only fight when I have to, and for people who call for the social contract to be torn up and thrown away whilst STILL using the resources delivered by that self same contract, I dont fight – I point and laugh.

    How sad, being laughed at by a house nigger.

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  65. MH (635 comments) says:

    segregation, in schools buses,voting rights, rape of blacks didn’t stop after the Cicil war ended. The KKK,house niggers,carpetbaggers and golliwogs even the word pakeha have all become acceptable. as long as it is taken in cornflakes.

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  66. MH (635 comments) says:

    why would Hone use a white Confederate word to describe his relations? Kupapa whare, Queenites? No wonder Turiana of holocaust and “my people” fame is upset.

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  67. Rightandleft (638 comments) says:

    The correct NZ term would have been kupapa Maori, but he instead chose to claim a word and term he has no special racial right to use as he isn’t a Black American and his people have no history of suffering white-run slavery. I find it disgusting that he even thinks it appropriate to use the word but worse that he thinks he is the authority on what the Maori viewpoint is.

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  68. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Although it occurs to me WTF was Key thinking, publicly forbidding his maori MPs from going to a meeting. Surely this would be better done in private?

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  69. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    If you’re not Honeyed out here are links to four radio and TV Interviews with Hone Harawira

    He sure knows how to attract attention. It’s debateable whether it’s attention that will do his cause any good.

    There are people on the hard left who really do believe that stirring up a revolution is the only way to resolve their problems. Brownbaiter types, similar to the Redbaiter approach.

    Lee C @ 12.35 – that occured as strange to me as well. Hard to know whether that’s what prompted Harawira’s abuse or if it would have happened anyway.

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  70. Azreal (15 comments) says:

    Does this mean we can call Mana members like Minto & Bradford “House Honkies”

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  71. MH (635 comments) says:

    Turia says she was never told by Key not to attend,so did the directive only apply to nats in house Maori members and therefore they are the ones to dignify the response by silence?

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  72. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    It’s taken a while but word is through from Russia:

    RadioLIVE Newsroom ‏@LIVENewsDesk

    Speaking from Russia a short time ago, Prime Minister John Key is unimpressed with comments made by Hone Harawira on Facebook

    Ok, Shearer’s turn. I wonder how far away he is.

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  73. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    And in related news:

    David Farrar ‏@dpfdpf

    Oh dear on @seanplunketzb I referred to the Maori Statutory Board’s 49 proposals as being “off the plantation” #iblamehone #meantplanet

    That’s a change from #honeblamingeveryoneelse

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  74. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    Just ignore the little prick – don’t give him air.
    BUT the media love it -

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  75. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    Just watched Hone Harawira interview on ‘Breakfast’.

    With regard to his use of the word ‘Nigger’, he said “I think New Zealand needs to mature.”

    BWA HA HA HA!!! Hone Harawira telling people to mature … because apparently swearing is a sign of maturity …

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  76. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Harawira seemed to be well schooled by whoever his master in damage limitation is, he had very similar talking points on Campbell, Breakfast and Firstline. All of them contradicting things he said then and previously.

    And the ‘needs to mature’ comment was a standout contradiction, as he feigned surprise that ‘nigger’ might be seen as offensive (that was on Firstline, I haven’t seen Breakfast yet).

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  77. eszett (2,337 comments) says:

    Hone Harawira is the master of calculated provocation. No one would be talking about him or his points if he didn’t throw in a bit of a controversy here and there.

    He certainly knows how to get people talking about him and how to wind people up.

    Redbaiter must be so jealous and full of envy.

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  78. graham (2,216 comments) says:

    He seems to be trying to make out that it’s all about the single word “nigger”.

    No Hone, it’s not, and you know that very well. It’s about the expression “house niggers”, and all the nastiness implicit in that.

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  79. Viking2 (11,147 comments) says:

    Viking2 (7,488) Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Harawira owes Maori Party an apology – Key

    Friday, 7, Sep, 2012 2:34PM

    The Prime Minister is calling comments made by Mana Party leader Hone Harawira about the Maori Party offensive.

    Mr Harawira called the MPs John Keyâs house niggers on his Facebook page.

    Speaking in Vladivostok, Mr Key says Mr Harawira’s latest outburst is wrong.

    “Frankly, I find them offensive about my coalition partners. Secondly, I think New Zealanders would find that term offensive. And I know it’s Hone Harawira being Hone Harawira but frankly I think he owes them an apology.

    HERE’S THE THING SEE JOHN
    Most of us couldn’t care less what one black calls another. They are mostly racist pigs who deserve one another.
    we would rather you manned up and told both lots to go away and stop rorting the taxpayers and killing their kids.

    But being a right socialist and an appeaser you won’t and so it will go on.

    [DPF: 30 demerits for being a racist pig yourself]

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  80. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    Niggers !!.. Is that not a general term for natives of Nigeria ??

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  81. Dazzaman (1,123 comments) says:

    Ha! More faux outrage…same baldheads will be out & about denigrating the natives when the next sensationalist report of child abuse comes out. The rivers running with crocodile tears at the moment!

    They probably are house niggers for JK, after all someone needs to make the tea & carry the papers…like Act have been brown-nosers for the last few terms, & Dunne too…on both sides. Recall even the Greens bending over & taking it up the khyber for Helen. All a bunch of liars & self serving hypocrites.

    …back to the TV…

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  82. RF (1,272 comments) says:

    Dazzaman

    Feel better dear. Porn channels kick in after midnight. Hope you stay awake until then to get your jollies.

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  83. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    fuck what a nigga says…

    Can’t wait til Hone calls Key a cracka ass cracka. So named for the sound the overseer’s whip made keeping the niggers in line.

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  84. Tyson314 (1 comment) says:

    What i’d like to know is how the people who were actually called Niggers, back in the 1950′s and later, in America feel about Hone using a word he has absolutely zero right to use. He is not from Africa, he didn’t go through persecution in America due to his colour. I doubt he has ever been called nigger by a white person in his life (to his face anyway).
    He isn’t Black, he’s brown

    Hone is a joke
    The Waitangi Tribunal is a joke

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