Posts Tagged ‘Racism’

The rot behind New Zealand’s cloak of decency Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019
This is not New Zealand

I remember going back to Iran when I was younger and listening to my grandmother describe New Zealand to anyone who would listen. She had visited us in Christchurch and her eyes gleamed with hope when she spoke of it. It’s just paradise. Heaven. In the polluted concrete jungle of oppression and poverty that is big Read more

Racist and anti-religious graffiti on Catholic church in Gisborne Comments 0

Monday, March 25th, 2019

St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Gisborne was spray-painted with racist obscenities and anti-religious insults last week. Abusive messages against the Christian religion and Pakeha were spray-painted in green on the state highway side of the church, next to Campion College, on Wednesday night. Parish priest Monsignor Frank Eggleton said bad timing made Read more

Germany’s churches warn against racism upsurge Comments 0

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

An upsurge in racism in Germany has prompted German bishops urge those who ‘see themselves as Christians’ to oppose it. “Seizing this opportunity to stir up anger and hate against foreigners or those who think differently from us, or using violence against them is too reprehensible,” Bishop Gerhard Feige said in a statement circulated on Read more

Māori man given ‘black guy repellent’ takes Queensland employer to court Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

A Māori Niuean man working for a Rainbow Beach tour company in Queensland, Australia was given a canister labelled ‘Black Guy Repllent’ [sic] by his coworkers when he asked for sunscreen, he claims. Read more Related Posts:Popemobile hits back: Francis gets black eye, bleedingCharter schools closure will affect MāoriCare and protection system is a Pākeha Read more

Horrible hateful of toffee pop advert not racist Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

The Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA’s) Complaints Board has found a commercial advertising new caramelised white chocolate biscuits was not racist. The ruling comes after the board received a complaint that a TV advertisement for Griffins’ Toffee Pops had “offensive dialogue with racist overtones”.  Continue reading Related Posts:Muslims in Christmas adverts prompt racist stormIs there racism Read more

Hate Speech: MP wants media to have “duty of care” Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
hate speech

Labour backbencher Louisa Wall, is looking at the possibility of drafting legislation that would impose a “duty of care” on media organisations. In June she told the Herald on Sunday she would like a “duty of care” clause added to the Bill of Rights Act, so people could be held accountable for their use of free Read more

Is there racism in New Zealand? Undeniably Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy have waded into the discussions around comments by Kiwi director Taika Waititi that New Zealand is “racist as f***”. Continue reading Related Posts:Religious leaders should speak up against hate speechEnglish and Ardern agree National MP O’Connor…Abortion law campaigners want law change soonIf neoliberalism has Read more

Religious leaders should speak up against hate speech Comments 0

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
hate speech

New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner says religious leaders should be using their considerable powerful platforms to promote tolerance and peace across our communities. “Whether it’s a mosque giving Holocaust deniers a platform or whether it’s an evangelical church spewing hatred about gay New Zealanders: this is not how we roll here. This is not who we Read more

Racism, prejudice, violence – sins of a nation Comments 0

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Bishops in the US say racism, prejudice and violence are sins U.S. society and the Church itself must work at to eliminate. This month’s violent “Unite the Right” protests in Charlottesville, Virginia have resulted in the bishops making a new resolution to oppose and eliminate racism. “The times demand it; our Gospel demands it,” Bishop Read more

Growing opposition to Chinese businesses in Samoa Comments 0

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Last week Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said he wants to protect local businesses from the increasing numbers of Chinese-owned businesses. He alluded to changing the regulations to keep smaller retail operations for Samoan business people only. He acknowledged there was growing resentment among local business owners over overseas operators, but  he encouraged them Read more