Category Archives: Racism

New Zealand can stand up against racism – Dame Susan Devoy, NZ Race Relations Commissioner. 

New Zealand can stand up against racism.

Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy has called on New Zealanders to stand up against racist taunts and attacks, drawing an apparent contrast with President Donald Trump’s America.

“The world is at a crossroads when it comes to race relations. The way we treat each other will decide what path New Zealand goes down,” she said, marking Race Relations Day today.

She said people from ethnic minorities reported an increase in the number of personal racist attacks in recent times, “in step with events taking place overseas”.

“What we do now matters and that’s why we want people to be prepared to stand up for what they believe in. Whether we let our country become a place where abusing someone because of their race is normal or not, that part is up to us, all of us,” she said.

“We want people to record attacks, to support people who are being attacked and to ensure attacks are reported.

“When we see yet another racist attack on the news we need to ask ourselves: is this us? Is this the kind of country we want to be? If the answer is no, then we need to do something.

“What we do today is our insurance policy for the future of our nation.

“This year we are focused on encouraging New Zealanders to answer these two questions: what do you stand for? What do you stand against?”

Race Relations Day marks the Sharpeville Massacre when 69 black South Africans, including 10 children, were shot to death by police for protesting against apartheid laws on March 21, 1960.

A series of events in provincial and urban communities to celebrate Race Relations Day are being held throughout this month.

The Human Rights Commission has produced a short video highlighting what people can do if they experience or witness a racist attack.

Simon Collins, NZ Herald

I’m a rabbi, and I’m applying for a German passport. Here’s why. 

Why on earth would I want a German passport? My feelings about Germany were pretty negative for the best part of 50 years. Most of my mother’s family, from Heilbronn in southern Germany, perished. Some of my father’s family perished too, including his beloved grandmother.

I have felt enormous admiration for Chancellor Angela Merkel, for her open arms to the refugees from Syria and elsewhere, which is in deep contrast to the meanness shown by our own government – with the enormous effort needed even to persuade it to take a few hundred children from Calais.
Britain took 10,000 Kindertransport children before the second world war, and many others, my mother included. Why could we not do the same now?

The Guardian 

You have a special responsibility as a white person. – Michael Moore. 

White people, no matter how painful, have a responsibility to reject anybody who stands in front of a camera who spews racism. Who spews sexism, misogyny. Who brags about being a sexual predator. I don’t care what your race is, but especially if you’re white. Because that means that you belong to the race that’s been in power forever.

This a country that was founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves.

So you have a special responsibility as a white person to always object to anybody who uses racism, who spews this hatred.

And do not call yourself a Christian if you are not willing, literally, to put your body in front of whoever is coming to hurt the other — the people who are not you.

Racism. The Growing Reality in Trump’s ‘Merica’. 

The casual racism that has come to define modern-day conservatism shows no signs of abating. A West Virginia official, Clay County Development Corporation Director Pamela Taylor, just shared a racist message about First Lady Michelle Obama.

“It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels” she wrote on Facebook in a now-deleted message that has been replaced with a cursory and insincere apology.

Beverly Whaling, the Mayor of Clay, responded to the post saying “Just made my day Pam.”

A classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House? She talking about Melania? Don’t be ridiculous.