So this is Waitangi Day?
And what have we done?
173 years over
And a new one just begun
So Waitangi 2013, and what have we done? How stands the state of New Zealand on its founding document between the indigenous people and its colonizers?
Nothing I think sums up our immaturity as a country than the mainstream media's myopic and infantile focus on Titewhai Harawira.
I'm seriously waiting for one of our news muppets to refer to it all as 'escortgate'. Perhaps that can be the Seven Sharp contribution for tonight? (Note: To my contempt, the NZ Herald called it 'Granny Gate' this morning - there should be a special place reserved in hell for the NZ Herald).
When you consider the 7.3% unemployment, the 270 000 kids in poverty and the highest level of inequality ever recorded impact negatively most on Maori that there would be a rich vein of issues to mine, but no.
Instead of asking why a multi-millionaire leader is running a country that is damaging Maori most on the day we respect the Treaty, instead of asking why John Key is ramming through asset sales that further disempower Maori economically, instead of asking why the only employment opportunities are the 40 hours prisoners will be forced to work in John Key's corporate gulags and how private prisons will now use Maori as slave labour- instead of all of that - what do our blessed mainstream corporate media decide is the most important issue on the day of our founding?
Whether that awful Titewhai is holding the country to ransom by holding the PMs hand???
Nothing shows us how far we have to grow up on the birth of our nation than our media's juvenile fetish with Titewhai.
Were the media doing this as a victory lap for Paul Holmes? One more burning cross of race baiting for the grand old race baiter as he's laid to rest?
When you consider how many Maori are jobless and living in Poverty, you would think msm could focus on something real instead of Titewhai. But no, being a staunch and radical Maori women means the deck is stacked against her and the narrative of her as a wrecker and a bully is deliciously smeared across the media with all the joy of a deranged chimp throwing feces.
It is the media who are focusing on Titewhai Harawira so that the far bigger issues of the Treaty being honoured during a time of gathering poverty are totally ignored. They do it to add drama rather than add light. They do it because it plays into every stereotype their aging Pakeha viewers love to rely on to explain why Maori do so poorly rather than any consideration of all the Treaty breaches and theft conducted by our colonial forefathers. They do it for the ratings.
Thank you for keeping us stupid and angry mainstream media.
We are a nation of sleepy hobbits who are blinded by our petty racism. Our ability to move beyond the garden variety bigotry that someone like Paul Holmes imbued won't happen in NZ until the current generation of baby boomers have had power taken from them.
Seeing as many Gen Xers have fled NZ, that day is a long way off.
So this is Waitangi Day. Another year of feral denial by Pakeha amidst increasing Maori decline.