Maori + Racially based Maori Rugby Team = Apartheid?
Our MSM who seem to go in for a bit of self censorship when it comes to stuff regarded as sensitive (read ‘PC’) haven’t given this front page coverage today. The BBC however saw fit to put this story on the front of their Asia/Pacific section today.
The South African Rugby team has said they cannot play the Maori Team because it is racially based, and they are not allowed to play teams that are racially based.
Fair enough, a sizable group of NZders screamed blue murder when the All Blacks played South Africa when it was under an apartheid regime, now that South Africa isn’t, and they have learned from this experience (well are learning), they have decided their team must not have anything to do with teams that are racially based. This is a sensible move and one that should be applauded.
The NZRFU shows just how out of touch they are by descibing the position of the SARU’s as a “Bolt out of the blue”.
Clearly the NZRFU have been living under a rock for the last few years, because it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that a country that suffered at the hands of those who dish out privilege based on race, should then do everything in their power to try are treat everyone equally.
Neil Sorenson (NZRFU General Manager) rather disingenuously…
“accepted that the Maori side was racially based in that “you have to be a Maori to play in it”.
But he chose to side with New Zealand race relations commissioner Joris de Bres who in a letter to Saru today said: “I have no problem with the concept of a Maori rugby team, or a European rugby team, or a Chinese rugby team, as long as our national, regional and local representative teams are open to people of all ethnicities. This is ethnic diversity, not racial discrimination.”
Right, so our race relations commissioner says it’s ok to discriminate on race as long as he has no problem with it.
What a bunch of crap.
If I tried to set up a rugby team and said only white people could play in it, people would scream their heads off and demand action from Mr De Bres, who would no doubt oblige.
The Maori Rugby team is racially based and as such should not be allowed. It doesn’t matter whether it is Maori, Chinese, European or anything else, if it is selected along racial lines it should not be acceptable in NZ. And that applies to anything else, we just can’t continue with the PC bollocks where if it involves whites it racist, but if it’s just for Maori, it’s somehow OK.
Where’s John Minto now? Haven’t noticed him with his merry band of losers picketing Maori Rugby team games or practices, but if he was going to be consistent (fat chance) then he would be kicking up a fuss.
Granting privilege based on race or excluding people from participating in anything based on race is not OK, it’s racist, and we should be mature enough to say it, and ensure it doesn’t happen in New Zealand.