A repugnant racist

October 12th, 2011 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Anne Clarkson at Stuff reports:

A woman has admitted two racially motivated attacks in which police say she got her dogs to attack two people who were walking in the street.

At a Christchurch District Court session at the Nga Hau e Wha Marae today, Phillipa Ann Parker, 18, pleaded guilty to two charges of assault using the dogs as a weapon. …

A 38-year-old man from the Philippines was approached and Parker led her leashed dog to him and confronted him. She verbally encouraged her dog to attack him, but the man turned his back and lifted his jacket over his head to protect himself. The dog jumped on him and tried to bite his shoulder.

Parker unleashed the dog and both dogs chased the man as he ran away until he ran into a flat.

A short time later, an 18-year-old Japanese woman was approached and was shouted at to go home as she was not wanted here. 

Parker then encouraged the dogs to attack the woman by pushing them towards her, and forcing her to back into a corner.

She was verbally abused as she huddled to protect herself from the dogs, which tried to bite her.

I don’t know how an 18 year old woman gets so full of hate to not only abuse those of a different race, but to actually set dogs on them.

Her actions are deeply repugnant. I suspect she is a very stupid individual who takes her inadequacies out on others, but that doesn’t excuse what she did.

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Overuse of racist

June 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

New Zealand politics seems to be a bit peculiar in that the racism or racist charge is levelled all the time, on very flimsy grounds.

Often this is from the left, with for example Hone Harawira calling people racists or worse because they don’t support Maori seats.

But sometimes it is from the right also, and an example is this press release from Don Brash as ACT Leader:

Proposals to make tertiary level Maori language and education courses compulsory for secondary school teachers are racist, high-handed and wrong-headed, says ACT New Zealand Leader Dr Don Brash.

Now as it happens, Pita Sharples has said there is no proposal to make the Maori language compulsory for secondary teachers. But regardless, even if that was the proposal I can’t see how one can label it racist. One can absolutely label it high-handed, wrong-headed, counter-productive etc. But not racist.

Maori is one of three official languages of New Zealand. Requiring teachers to know some basic Maori language can not be racist, unless one considers having English as a compulsory language is racist.

Again such a proposal can be argued to be wrong, bad, un-necessary, divisive etc  but not racist.

My plea to all politicians is to stop calling things racist so much, and instead debate proposals on their merits.

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Repugnant

February 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

John Anthony from the Taranaki Daily News reports:

Outspoken local body politician Sherril George is facing an investigation and calls to resign following her campaign urging people to boycott a Waitara food outlet.

Ms George stood outside the shop in the town’s main street yesterday next to a sign urging people to “support businesses that support your community”.

She handed out leaflets to shoppers berating the Cambodian-owned firm for, among other things, not being local, not employing locals, not investing in the local economy and for providing cheap and low quality products.

Unbelievable – a Councillor picketing a rate paying business, trying to close it down. Their sin, as far as I can tell, is they were born in Cambodia.

Ms George said the protest had nothing to do with her own food outlet in Waitara losing customers.

Oh my God, even worse.

“This is nothing to do with my shop. This is to do with the health of our town and the economy. I’m trying to make other small communities aware of what happens when these people move in. There are 14 food stores here in Waitara and one comes in here and kills it for everyone else.”

She referred to them as “these people”. Nah, she’s not racist.

Town and Country Food’s owner Hoyt Khuon said Ms George’s behaviour yesterday was very unusual. “I’ve never seen anybody behave like this before.”

If Ms George wanted to attract more customers she should improve her product, he said.

He sounds Kiwi to me. Good advice.

His business contributed significantly to the community, he said. He used Waitara builders, plumbers and electricians when he set up. Most products purchased for the shop were done so through Waitara businesses.

Mr Khuon considered himself a local already and would be happy to support future community projects, he said. He and his wife rented a home in Waitara.

“If I’m going to live here I’m going to be a local too. Everywhere I walk around here I feel safe and people say `Nice food’.” …

The business employed five people including himself and he would look to employ more Waitara residents in the future, he said.

Great.

Naki Butcher & Fruit Bowl owner Laine Cummings said his business had improved since Town and Country Food opened.

“I fully support it. I reckon they’ve done Waitara well. There’s a lot more foot traffic and a lot more people on the street,” he said.

Waitara businessman Jeff Davidson, who bought his morning tea from Town and Country Food yesterday, said he totally disagreed with Ms George’s behaviour.

The new business had brought positive changes to Waitara, he said.

“I’ve never seen the main street so full.”

Waitara resident Marcus Russ said Town and Country Food was a great addition to the town and claimed Ms George’s actions were more racist than anything else.

Another customer, Nadene Brown, said she ate there nearly every second day.

“This place gives you everything, it’s just a shame everyone is up in arms about it.”

Nice to see locals being fair minded.

The Waitara Hot Bread Shop owner, who did not want to be named, said sales had dropped about 50 per cent since Town and Country opened next door.

“It’s not fair for me having them right next door.”

Town and Country Food had stolen most of its customers, he said.

No they are not your customers to steal. It may seem unfair, but competition can”t be banned to protect current businesses.

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Clark: NZ deeply racist

May 30th, 2010 at 4:01 pm by David Farrar

The SST reports Sir Ian McKellen’s interview where he reveals Helen Clark told him that NZ was deeply racist.

For example, I met Helen Clark while I was in Wellington. I was invited to her official residence, and waved in by a lone policeman who didn’t even check who I was, then I had a barbecue with her. I congratulated her on the public’s enlightened attitudes towards racial issues, but she disagreed. She said to me that New Zealand was really a very racist country , and she was determined to do everything she could as prime minister to change that.

First I could comment with bemusement how Helen thought attacking critics of her law removing the right of Iwi to go to court by labelling them”haters and wreckers” changed things for the better.

But I am sure that McKennen is correct and Helen did and does think NZ is a deeply racist country. We saw this when she spoke out on the Police shooting of Steve Wallace as being to do with racist attitudes. The fact the officer who had to fire the gun was also Maori was an inconvenient fact.

So in one sense, Clark’s view of New Zealand as deeply racist is no surprise. It would be interesting to ask her successor as Labour Leader whether or not he agrees with his former boss that New Zealand is a very racist country, and what does he plan to do to change it.

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A NZ First voter

May 7th, 2009 at 8:33 am by David Farrar

I read this exchange in the Herald:

White-haired Mt Albert pharmacist David Baird met his first living, breathing politician yesterday – and gave her an earful.

“Hi, I’m Melissa Lee, National candidate for Mt Albert,” said the politician.

“Well you won’t be getting my vote because I don’t think we need any Asians in Parliament,” the pharmacist shot back tartly.

Or Jews. We don’t need any Jews either.

Korean-born Ms Lee, a former journalist who has been in New Zealand for 21 years, asked brightly, “Why not?”

Mr Baird said he had his reasons. “They are very difficult people to deal with. They don’t spend any money. I don’t see that they bring any money into the country. Another problem is their English is very bad.

Good on Melissa for not taking offence. Not sure I would have been as reasonable.

As I read this, I thought to myself that this guy sounds like a NZ First voter. And later on we read:

Mr Baird voted NZ First last year and has not decided whom to support in the June 13 byelection, caused by Helen Clark’s departure to the United Nations.

Will NZ First stand a candidate? If so, who will they take votes off?

And a Pakeha mother who declined to be named turned out to be as “red” as Mr Baird’s wife. Her simple verdict: “I’m going to vote for him – he’s the right colour.”

So is she voting Shearer because Labour is “red” or is she voting Shearer because he is white?

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More on refusal to serve “Israelis”

January 16th, 2009 at 7:46 am by David Farrar

The ODT reports further on the controversy over the Invercargill cafe that refused to serve two women of Israeli origin.

“Mrs Bennie, of Makarewa, a New Zealand citizen who has lived here for seven years including five years in Waikouaiti, said she was shocked when she and her sister, visiting from Israel, were told to leave the cafe.

“I felt the kind of racism people were exposed to in the 1940s and ’50s,” she said.

I didn’t catch on to this detail yesterday, but one of the sisters is a NZ citizen. So those who tried to excuse the action as not being racist because it was about nationality not ethnicity are wrong. Her nationality is New Zealand.She basically got refused because she was Jewish. Does anyone think an Israeli Arab would have been refused service?

Big kudos though to Javed Khan, President of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand who said:

“I can understand where they are coming from,” FIANZ president Javed Khan said.

“But if their action constitutes a breach of the Human Rights Act . . . then we shouldn’t breach the law of the country.

Also pleasing:

Dunedin Turkish cafe owners are not taking the same stance as Mr Tekinkaya.

Galata Turkish Cafe owner Ali Akman, himself a Turkish Muslim, said he believed what the Invercargill restaurateurs had done was wrong.

“He shouldn’t have. Any food premises is for eating and having fun. It is not for political discussions or arguments. This is wrong.”

He hoped the incident would not reflect badly on the Turkish community.

Ozan Turkish Cafe owner Murat Bay also feared the effect the incident would have on people’s view of the Turkish community.

He did not think the same would happen in any of Dunedin’s Turkish restaurants.

“We do not have such fanatics here.”

And here is the final irony:

“Obviously, he doesn’t like Israel, and I don’t blame him. I’m not a big supporter of Israel at the moment.

But he didn’t even bother finding out what my opinion was,” she said.

Mrs Bennie worked at Turkish restaurant Paasha while studying at the University of Otago. She missed Dunedin culture.

It was a “bit more tolerant” than Invercargill, she said.

So this cafe banned a NZ citizen who actually agrees with him, in relation to the Gaza conflict it seems. But hey she speaks Hebrew so she gets banned.

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Racism in Invercargill

January 15th, 2009 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Southland Times reports:

Two women were shocked after being kicked out of an Invercargill cafe yesterday because they come from Israel.

Sisters Natalie Bennie and Tamara Shefa were upset after being booted out of the Mevlana Cafe in Esk St by owner Mustafa Tekinkaya.

They chose to eat at Mevlana Cafe because it had a play area for Mrs Bennie’s two children, but they were told to leave before they had ordered any food, Mrs Bennie said.

“He heard us speaking Hebrew and he asked us where we were from. I said Israel and he said `get out, I am not serving you’. It was shocking.”

Mr Tekinkaya, who is Muslim and from Turkey, said he was making his own protest against Israel because it was killing innocent babies and women in the Gaza Strip.

“I have decided as a protest not to serve Israelis until the war stops.”

He said he had nothing against Israeli people but if any more came into his shop they would also be told to leave, and he was not concerned if he lost business.

I wonder if he would refuse to serve Israeli Arabs?

I wonder how he would like it if a shop refused to serve Turks until Turkey apologises for the Armenian genocide (or even accepts ot happened) or if after 9/11 a shop refused to serve Muslims because the 9/11 hijackers were Muslim?

It is absolutely legitimate to protest against the Israeli Government if you disagree with what they do. But it is quite wrong to target individual citizens.

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NZ Blogs on Peter Brown

April 3rd, 2008 at 12:43 pm by David Farrar

I thought it would be interesting to see what the most well known political blogs have said on Peter Brown’s atrocious attacks on Asian immigrants.

  1. Kiwiblog – criticised hypocritical Brown
  2. Public Address – no comment
  3. Whale Oil – calls him hypocritical racist
  4. No Right Turn – vile rhetoric
  5. Not PC – labels Brown a bigot
  6. Frog Blog – no comment
  7. The Standard – calls him racist and links to excellent Campbell Live interview
  8. Kiwiblogblog – no comment
  9. The Hive – calls it despicable
  10. Tumeke – Bomber covers issue, negative on Brown

Good to see The Standard joining No Right Turn in attacking Brown, despite Brown’s party supporting the Government on supply and confidence.

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NZ First condemned by everyone

April 3rd, 2008 at 12:19 pm by David Farrar

People have been expecting NZ First to start bashing Asian immigrants for months, to try and lift their poll ratings like it did in 1996. Peter Brown’s outburst yesterday was not him just thinking aloud, but part of a planned strategy. It had to fall to him, as Winston being Foreign Minister can’t do it directly.  He is now refusing to comment on his own Deputy Leader’s comments.

The EMA Northern have condemned (hat tip: The Hive) NZ First and Brown:

Comments by New Zealand First MP Peter Brown are racial stereotyping of the worst sort, says Alasdair Thompson, chief executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

“It was post war migrants like Mr Brown who brought here the bigotry of the British class system and a rabid form of unionism,” Mr Thompson said.

“Mr Brown should stop being hypocritical.

And the Auckland Chamber of Commerce weighs in:

“Asian New Zealanders, and those overseas, should see this for what it is: a pathetic piece of political posturing by a minority party.

Hon Chris Carter:

 ”I think he’s absolutely being racist,” Carter said. “He shouldn’t be condemning people because of their race or culture.”

Hon Clayton Cosgrove:

 Immigration Minister Clayton Cosgrove told NZPA Mr Brown’s comments were ironic, given that he was a “native born British chap”.

He hoped Mr Brown did not “take his own advice” and return to the UK.

We wait to hear what the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of New Zealand First has to say on the issue.

On a slightly related note, it reminds me of a further Cactus Kate story from Tuesday night. As we were heading along Blair Street, we ran into Keith Ng. Cactus looks at Keith somewhat warily when I mention he blogs for Public Address. I then mention he won a Press Council complaint against Deborah Coddington over her Asian crime story, and Cactus literally leaps forward and embraces Keith in full bear hug, finally releasing him after thanking him for his work.  It was very very funny.

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Racism in Alice Springs

March 15th, 2008 at 11:35 am by David Farrar

Deborah reports on a shocking story from Alice Springs where the Haven Backpackers Resort Hotel evicted a group of women and children, just because of their skin colour – they were Aboriginal. And a former staffer has said management told them not to allow Aboriginals to stay. Disgusting.

Bloggers are encouraged to blog on this issue, so the hotel will have its actions high up in Google when people search on them in future.

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