There Is No Depression In New Zealand …

Ah it’s time for New Zealanders to pat ourselves on the back once more. Yes, yes, it’s true, apparently we New Zealanders are learning to accept racial diversity … not embrace, not dance in the fields with our multicoloured brothers and sisters … nope. We accept them. We’re the kid who begrudgingly has to put up with the annoying cousin who has come to visit and have been told by our parents that we have to be nice, otherwise our favourite toy will be confiscated like last time.

Yes, as a nation we now have proof that we are passive aggressive.

Sonal, you’re being a bit glass half full aren’t you?

Yes, well, read the first sentence of that article:

Kiwis are becoming more tolerant of ethnic groups despite continuing complaints of racial attacks and hate crimes.

Oh

Yes.

Look, I know New Zealand isn’t alone in having racist elements – every country has it, all are as bad as each other and each manifests itself differently … What annoys me is the way that many New Zealanders are in denial that racism happens in our country. In the UK, you pretty much get your racism straight to the face, without any shame, same for Singapore (although with large amounts of denial – wouldn’t want to lose face you see) … in New Zealand it’s a little more under the covers – sometimes under the veil of ignorance (as in, I didn’t realise that attitude/statement was racist (or for that matter sexist)), sometimes it’s just resentment and yes, it’s every time something is decried as being politically correct. Every time.

By the way, don’t go and read the ‘Your Say’ section – it will just depress you (I swear, I am going to deck the next person who breathes the word assimilation to me) …

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2 Responses to “There Is No Depression In New Zealand …”

  1. When I went home the truly underhanded, hushed up, blankly ignored racism was one of my pet hates. I realised that the glossy picture of NZ as paradise with cultural and political diversity was a sham. When you are there, you don’t see it, leave and it smacks you in the face when you come home. I was shocked I had missed it.

    Passive aggressive is right on the money.

  2. I think what was more shocking for me was realising this as an adult and seeing adults do it. As a kid I experienced a share of racism, but you take it with the other bits of bullying you get.

    The pain of hearing it come out with adult voices – for me the Brash’s Orewa speeches; the huge support he received and the lack of condemnation for his comments from the major media outlets was a massive wake up slap in the face.

    (p.s. 2trees – good to see you! x)

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