Signs of Creeping Racism

Signs of Creeping Racism

A man whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism.

“Very few people were true Nazis “he said,” but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen.

“Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control,  and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”

A similar creep is happening in New Zealand. A recent visit to the local hospital confirms the subtlety of yet another way in which institutionalised racism is slowly infecting the country. Read the signs:

Boldly over you – the Maori language wording over the English. And it becomes worse. A doorway sign with only a Maori language word on it. (Circled for clarity – the word on the door is in the same style as those seen on the right.)

Less than 15% of NZ’s population is part-Maori and less than 50% of those can read, write and speak the Maori language. Why then is it given such prominence?

To make a point?! Perhaps like this one . . .

A High Court judge asked a lawyer if she wanted an interpreter, after she introduced herself to the court in te reo Maori.

As reported by Stuff, there was this exchange in the court:

Justice Brewer: “As a matter of curiosity, did you attribute to me an ability to speak Maori?

Johnston: “No, sir. It’s the convention of the Crown Law office to …

Justice Brewer: “Mystify judges.”

Johnston: “To use one of the nation’s languages.”

Justice Brewer asked the lawyer if she was making a “political point”.

“… because you are not using it as a means of communication. You are using it as a means of making a point.”

Johnston said she meant no disrespect.

If you read that article, a sub-heading could be: in the interests of subversive racism, the Crown Law Office thumbs its nose at High Court Rules.

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