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A Reply to Paul Holmes (Unedited version of “Anger at Paul Holmes Comments” column in SST 19/2/12)  | Rawiri Taonui

A Reply to Paul Holmes (Unedited version of “Anger at Paul Holmes Comments” column in SST 19/2/12) | Rawiri Taonui

NOTE: This is the unedited version of Dr Rawiri Taonui’s reply to the Paul Holmes’ racist rant. You won’t find this anywhere else:

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It is a sad day when a great writer repeats the prejudices of the past. The latest offering from Paul Holmes regarding Waitangi Day is one such fall from grace.

Mr Holmes is an intelligent, insightful and witty writer; few match his ability to engage readers as if in conversation.

Using that brilliance, Mr Holmes levels a staggering number of half-truths, stereotypes and inaccuracies into a 470 word tirade depicting Maori as ghastly, smug, politically neurotic, uneducated, violent child-bashing, greedy fat over-eating weirdoes filled with hate, hate, hate (yes, three times).

While racially offensive and possibly grounds for complaint to the Race Relations Office he has a right to his views.  Talkback radio and reader responses to newspapers columns clearly show many Pakeha hold similar views.

The theory of White Privilege explains how dominant European groups consciously and unconsciously maintain the advantage of the inter-generational wealth they accrue from the subjugation of subordinate ethnic and indigenous groups.

They do this by lauding their domination as progress, denying history and their prejudice, praising passive subalterns as good natives and demonising those who protest injustice.

Our Treaty of Waitangi history is that. Before the Treaty, when Europeans depended upon their indigenous hosts, Maori were Noble Savages.

As Maori expressed concern about what was unfolding after the Treaty, prominent European writers began describing them as ungrateful, depraved, polluted, immoral, degraded, vain, arrogant and cowardly uncivilised savages lacking moral courage and even living in servile bondage as the iniquitous slaves of Satan.

When Maori sought equal voting rights, James Richmond described them as politically destitute, ignorant, and dangerous. Yet as Pakeha gained large tracts of land undermining Maori communities, Governor Grey reported to Britain that ‘Both races form one harmonious community’.

When Maori resisted land sales and war ensued, the NZ Settlement Act provided for confiscation of land from ‘evilly disposed natives’, which the Southern Cross newspaper described as a fatherly and moderate ‘act of Christian charity’.

When Maori protested the iniquities of the Native Land Court system, which Pakeha MPs promoted as freeing them from the ‘evils’ of their ‘communism’, MP Robert Bruce praised the courts as an ‘ingenious method’ for ‘destroying the whole of the Maori race’.

In 1900, Pakeha MPs refused Maori chairpersonship of new Land Councils as ‘contrary to all that is English’. Similarly, when Maori preferred to lease rather than sell land, a prominent editorial protested that such ‘coloured rule’ was un-British.

Fast forward to 2004, when Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples led the hikoi against the Foreshore and Seabed Act, Prime Minister Helen Clark described them as ‘haters and wreckers’.

Mr Holmes laments the behaviour of protestors towards Pakeha dignitaries, but is blissfully unaware of the vilification and ridicule Maori human rights advocates face on a daily basis.

He reinforces rather than questions prejudice. He generalises all Maori as child bashers. There is a serious child abuse problem in poor and culturally bereft Maori communities. Between 2002 and 2006 28 Maori kids were killed in this way. We know their names. But who remembers the names of the 48 Pakeha children who suffered a similar fate.

Mr Holmes characterises Treaty claims as ‘bamboozling’ the Pakeha. However, all successful Maori claims derive from British Colonial policy, the Treaty, its principles, precedents in common law, Tribunal reports, or from recognised international legal declarations, charters and covenants – the vast majority framed by Europeans.

Mr Holmes talks of ‘millions’ going to the Maori elite. However, the major beneficiaries of the ‘Treaty industry’ have been Pakeha who make up 98 per cent of professional researchers, and the majority of legal teams acting for the Crown and Maori.

Treaty settlements which now total $1.3 billion are less than the $1.77 billion paid to compensate mainly Pakeha investors in South Canterbury Finance.

Treaty settlements concede more than they gain. The Tainui Treaty settlement included the Crown paying a paltry $160 per hectare for 468,000 hectares of confiscated land not returned. How many billions of dollars have Pakeha derived from that land?

Mr Holmes, laments the sacrifice of his Pakeha forebears in two World Wars. He forgets the Maori Contingent and Pioneer Battalion of World War One. Initially refused a combat role because they were brown, they made the same horrendous sacrifices as their Pakeha comrades from Gallipoli onwards; then as veterans, did not receive the same benefits.

The Maori Battalion’s 70 per cent casualties in World War Two were amongst the highest of the allied campaign. While Pakeha fought for their country, Maori fought to be accepted by their country. Many were the ancestors of today’s protestors. Were they not New Zealanders?

As with our Pakeha forebears, he wants Maori to be good, meaning silent.

Protest has been the principle driver of improvements in our race relations over four decades. Nothing has been freely given.

Protest is a powerful force for positive change because it raises the consciousness of the disempowered, the awareness of the silent majority and emancipates bigotry.

Protest is by nature mobile and will easily accommodate changing the name or location of Waitangi Day. As long as there is injustice there will be protest.

I commend Mr Holmes for coming out. Only in the open can reason and compassion overcome such views. A truly brilliant writer, one who probably eats quite sensibly, he is also a cheeky Pakeha.

  • Rawiri Taonui MA (Hons), PhD, DipBus
  • Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Studies (AUT)

(36) Comments

  1. Leeanne

    Dear Mickey: Your comment "Maori should clean up their act, move on, and include themselves in our country, not look to the past and fuel divisiveness". Tell me did your Parents get the cane over the knuckle for talking their own language? Were they told they weren't allowed into the pub because they weren't WHITE. Clean up what act? Move On to What, and Include ourselves, in our own County we were already here....if it happened to you what would you be doing. My Dad was a good man, so were my Tipuna, and I get mad with the sort of comments from people like yourself who don't understand what our fight if you want to put that in your sentence is all about. You should read the whole story of what happen when Captain James Cook landed onto our soil, how many woman were raped, how many men were killed, and how much LAND was CONFISCATED....start reading and start understanding what it is all about, and read the real Treaty of WAITANGI, the real version.....

  2. Terence Miklitz

    Folks who wants work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you need to leave your work. There's two types of companies, those that work to try and charge many those who work to charge less. We are the next.

  3. storm

    Ng? mihi nui ki a koe Rawiri. Thank you so much for your article. I admire you for the way in which you reply to such sickening articles as Paul Holmes with truth and accuracy. I often find myself getting into conversations with people on the same agenda as Paul Holmes and its when I read articles like this that it gives me the substance and strength to keep fighting people with views such as his. Please continue to write like this to give mainstream media this knowledge so that people will be able to take their blinkers off and understand the true facts as to what happened to our people and why we are so passionate to protect our rights. Ahakoa nga ueue, Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui. AROHANUI.

  4. storm

    Ng? mihi nui ki a koe Rawiri. Thank you so much for your article. I admire you for the way in which you reply to such sickening articles as Paul Holmes with truth and accuracy. I often find myself getting into conversations with people on the same agenda as Paul Holmes and its when I read articles like this that it gives me the substance and strength to keep fighting people with views such as his. Please continue to write like this to give mainstream media this knowledge so that people will be able to take their blinkers off and understand the true facts as to what happened to our people and why we are so passionate to protect our rights. Ahakoa nga ueue, Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui. AROHANUI.

  5. He-Tikakairakau-Gashtra-Teum

    Taku mihi ki a koe e Rawiri! Ki taku whakaaro anake, noreira, Ka nui te pai to panui! Ka taka mai i tua! Ka taka mai i waho! He taua E.....! Pai marire e te Rangatira :)

  6. Mickey

    Funny how Paul Holmes' article on the Herald website had comments switched on, where as Taonui's article has comments switched off. . . I would have posted the below comments at the Herald (if comments hadn't been switched off) - but I think my target audience is better represented here anyway: "The theory of White Privilege explains how dominant European groups consciously and unconsciously maintain the advantage of the inter-generational wealth they accrue from the subjugation of subordinate ethnic and indigenous groups." - This explanation is not relevant to modern NZ. It's merely more apologist claptrap and excuses from Maori such as you for a disproportionately large percentage of your people refusing to look to the future and achieve. The "advantage" you mention is called personal responsibility and hard work. Intergenerational wealth comes from financial literacy (from commitment to study and education) and hard work. If these 'disaffected' Maori began respecting themselves, looking to the future and not the past, and sought to better themselves through personal responsibility and hard work rather than tax payers' money, they would find they too have the intergenerational wealth you speak of. "They do this by lauding their domination as progress, denying history. . . " This is exactly the point. It is history. It's the past. Those 'disaffected' Maori should look to an inclusive future with the rest of NZers, not divisive 'protesting' and constant chasing of the tax payers' dime. "Mr Holmes laments the behaviour of protesters towards Pakeha dignitaries, but is blissfully unaware of the vilification and ridicule Maori human rights advocates face on a daily basis." Holmes is quite right - those 'protesters' behaved in a depraved and (ironicaly) uncultured fashion. You mention "savages" in your writing - well that aptly describes the rabble 'protesting' that day. They look to dwell perpetually in the past and to fuel the I Want It (IWI) treaty gravy train. The PM and any sensible NZer should refuse to engage with such heaving idiots. "Between 2002 and 2006 28 Maori kids were killed in this way. We know their names. But who remembers the names of the 48 Pakeha children who suffered a similar fate." Interestingly, you don't put these figures into percentage terms - if you did, we all know that the 48 Pakeha children would be a vastly smaller percentage of that population subset. Again, perhaps a large dose of self respect, personal and community responsibility, commitment to paid work, and looking to the future (rather than the past and a handout) might help solve the problem. But no, it's all Whitey's fault and the tax payer must keep on paying. "Treaty settlements which now total $1.3 billion are less than the $1.77 billion paid to compensate mainly Pakeha investors in South Canterbury Finance." So there were no Maori investors ? Why would that be ? A widespread lack of financial literacy (from no commitment to study and education) and hard work perhaps ? See my comments above on how to remedy this. "As with our Pakeha forebears, he wants Maori to be good, meaning silent." No you miss the point yet again (or perhaps don't want to listen ?) - he wants Maori to look to the future, to stop chasing the taxpayers' dime, to respect themselves and be inclusive in society, and to take personal responsibility rather than blaming everyone but themselves for their problems. "Protest has been the principle driver of improvements in our race relations over four decades. Nothing has been freely given. Protest is a powerful force for positive change because it raises the consciousness of the disempowered, the awareness of the silent majority and emancipates bigotry. Protest is by nature mobile and will easily accommodate changing the name or location of Waitangi Day. As long as there is injustice there will be protest." Rubbish. Maybe it started out this way. But not anymore. These 'protestors' you speak of merely wish to milk the taxpayer for all they're worth. They want to avoid working for living and personal responsibility. They want a perpetual handout. Holmes' views echoed around the country and have clearly a ground swell of support. Most of the country is sick of this sort of behaviour and 'guilt' talk about the past. Maori should clean up their act, move on, and include themselves in our country, not look to the past and fuel divisiveness.

    1. RTaonui

      Hi Mickey, thanks for the comments. Having comments turned off on the Herald was not my idea. Re: Advantage - Pakeha obtained 63 million acres fo land which formed hte financial base for their inetrgenerational advantage to a dollar sum far and above simple hard work. Re: Child Murder - my comment is slightly incorrect the period was 1993-2003. Yes, the precentage of Maori deaths are higher - however my point is that the media love to highlight the names of Maori children but not the Pakeha ones - research shows that, so why? Interesting for you to know that up to 2006/2007 the rate of Maori child murders was dropping faster than the for the Pakeha community as well until the credit crunch struck. Re: Why no Maori investors? Simply that during the 1980s and 1990s Maori didn't have the capital. However, that is now building at a faster rate then for the Pakeha community, and not as you might think because of settlements etc but because Maori businesses are proliferating in leaps and bounds. Thanks again for the reply which I have added to my database on anonymous racism. Best regards.

    2. Maxine

      When wealthy white people are given public money, it's called a "bailout". When Maori are given public money, it's called a "handout".

    3. TOKAMAII

      pakeha always play the %percentage game when talking about things maori,so as a maori im putting you pakeha in with all the pakeha from around the world which makes up a billon plus ,with all your pakeha wrong doings that have taken place far out weighs the so called wrong doings of the maori,42 babies killed is still more than 22 especially from the pakeha race that prides itself on being superior ,what a laugh you people are , we maori have been in this so called time of civilization for a short time & we have done pretty good by any measure

  7. Naumai Gal

    So beautifully put Rawiri. I had the privilidge to be a part of the Hau Kainga organising Waitangi Day 2012, and although it was small in comparison to earlier ones, i must say it still was a massive job to do. I have seen the photo's and read all the remarks that have been in the papers and i can assure you that they were highly exagerated as usual. I love the photo of the Maori Warden hugging a protester headline, when in actual fact the protester was hugging her Aunty. Oh how words can twist a story, for the media to make thousands of dollars when oh thats right the donation they gave in comparison wouldn't even buy them a cup of coffee and lunch at the beautiful hotel they were staying in. Oh oops did i complain about koha, oh how UN-MAORI of me. But there we go back on history the Maori giving out of Aroha, and the dear i say it "white man" taking full advantage of it to line their own pockets. Oh thats right we even fed them, how stupid of us. Now i must say that i am of English descent as well, and it pains me that a part of my blood line can be so damn ignorant. Imagine signing a contract these days and not keeping to it, all hell would break loose. You would be dragged through the courts fined or whatever they do to you for breaking a contract, and then have to pay the court costs. The Treaty of Waitangi was conjured up by the White Man, the only problem i see is you did not fulfill your own bit of paper. Even though you try and tell us how to interpret it, but hey how can you tell the people of their own language what it means. That part baffles me. I know my Tupuna signed that document, and i know they did it to protect their Mokopuna from losing everything, and with the hope that the English would help protect our people and lands. Now that has not happened! so you tell me "Mr Holmes" and "Mr Rosenburg", WHO HAS DISHONORED THE WHITE MANS LAW THE MAORI OR THE WHITE MAN. Let me know when you two work it out. Again Tautoko to you Rawiri brilliant piece of history Thankyou.

    1. Bruce Stuart-Menteath

      Rawiri's comments are fair comment, but remember that the injustices that have arisen from colonialism and continue to this day, are not just the inventions of the “white man”, or that they have a selective impact on Maori. The British system has long exploited on its own people, and still does today. Colonial New Zealand has merely adopted the same system, as has every country in the world, even those dominated by black people, and it’s still at work destroying the lives of any race that gets in the way of “progress.” But to call it a British system is misleading. In reality it’s a potential that resides in us all and affects us all. The root cause of the problem - or at least a major manifestation of it – is this capitalist system that dominates our lives and compels everyone to prey on everyone else. Capitalism is exploitation, and it doesn’t care what race you are or where you live. Pakeha are fighting pakeha just as there are capitalist Maori who prey on Maori. And so our culture disintegrates. One of the devices it uses to stay in power is its ability to create artificial divisions within the society it exploits, whether that be via racism, poverty or whatever, and Paul Holmes and the media are just an expression of that power.

  8. Brosi

    well said Dr Taonui..majority of this country have no say on how the government..like to change their mind and do whats best for them..the government never lets the public decide on issues for instinct: The government are in the process of changin the road rules..how will this effect..nz?..agree also with the foreshore seabed..we are meant to be kiwis..how can we be kiwis if we cant trust our own government..they sellin everything to oversea investors and making our country change like new york city...least us maoris have heart and always will...top notch people like that..are out to get what they can and who gives a shit about anyone else...The rich are definitely gettin richer...while the poor are gettin poorer.. How can paul holmes say such things..its not him being deprived from their country..its us maoris who have suffered over the centuries

  9. Angela Street

    Mr Rosenberg shows his true colours in his response to this article. You have no love for Maori by the sounds of this response Alfred, its about as bad as it gets... Do you happen to be any relation of this Alferd Rosenberg: http://www.tbc.school.nz/elearning/localsites/ww2_holocaust/h-rosen.htm http://truebluenz.com/2011/03/13/nz-mainstream-media-still-doing-their-best-to-discredit-don-brash/ Time for Maori to honour the treaty, or lets pack up and go home and leave them the bill for building the country to first world standards, developing farms out of wasteland which were given back for free and for stopping the brutal genocide and savagery which was ongoing when we arrived and which was then turned on us. Even the number of bicycles stolen since 1840 would pay for the so-called stolen land that was already paid for twice over and which Maori trampled over each other to sell. Why keep giving and giving to the haters and wreckers who tricked us into this rottenest of deals? Considering the civil war going on between sunni and shia muslims how do they think this multicultural gag is ever going to work between such different peoples – one of whom has a guilt complex and the other of whom has a blame complex and a nasty gene? They want to see their ‘browning of NZ’ so bad?, lets just get the hell out of here and see how the Asians react when the greedy malicious hand of envy politics is held out to them. In the case of the white colonizer, colonization is only bad for the colonizer and only good for the colonized. 13 1 Rate This Comment by Alfred Rosenberg | March 13, 2011

  10. Jermaine Maaka

    Thank you for this piece Dr Taonui, it is well researched, rather elegant and displays every bit of information required to empower this position. Alfred, It's a right shame that you find this piece to be racist at all. The very few racial based generalizations are pointed at specific demographics such as a "group of dignitaries". This statement is factual, it in comparison to Mr Holmes own statements of "irrational Maori ghastliness" and "neurotic Maori politics" make your opening passage far from a tautology. You seem to be a smart enough fellow, if you could re-read through Dr Taonui's message as objectively as you possibly can without the pre-tense of being defensive we'll all be in a far better position. All condescending nature aside, i'm glad to have you as part of this open forum for growth. Again thank you very much Matua Taonui!

  11. Hone Te Rire

    Well done Rawiri Taonui, I always admire your articles - it is amazing how people respond to the truth and openness about Aotearoa NZ history. Great stuff Paul Holmes for being open and honest, albeit negligent of the facts and real truth. You cheeky whitey you. From truth, openness and constructive criticism people get over issues and move on - or at least that is the hope unless they harbour some other covert agendas. Peace & Deus te Abencoe to us all

  12. Angela Street

    There are natural nations which grew and developed naturally and there are entities who were artificially conceived in the test tube of greed and evil and superimposed on a chosen victim . Nation comes from the word nativity . These Colonies are not nations in the sense that they did not follow the natural process of growth of people culture and language , they have come out of and are made by colonizers, they are a replica of the colonizing countries like the US is a replica of England , they have no originality of their own no birth and growth and no relations . .Countries like US and Israel are mental creations , artificially born of other countries they owe their existence to theft and genocide of other nations. For this reason war and usurping are the inborn essential characters of these colonies , they only exist through war and theft and do not have an existence in peace and outside the condition of war and occupation . Of course these practices of occupation and genocide are always justified by the predator countries : either they are fighting savages who have no religion and no relation with the land - like the way they describe the Native Nations -or they have a license from God to usurp and occupy and kill like the Zionist Jews have . In all cases the usurpers cannot tolerate or admit of the previous existence of the nations they usurp or their cultures or peoples. US has always said that the natives of the northern continent were one or two millions , they were – in fact- more than twenty millions in the north continent alone , whereas Zionist Jews pretended that Palestine was empty except for few nomads going from place to place which is a big lie. These countries can in no way make peace , they only survive through war , theft and extermination because peace means recognizing the right of others to exist and enjoy their own wealth and resources which means depriving the colonizers of their very means of existence and survival and leisurely life . The big lie at the center confusion is that the predators can co exist equally with countries which have not been yet victimized and that the satiated predator might give up his nature and become peaceful. People have no idea anymore of the previous existence of a world whose nations were related in kinship and cooperation friendliness and positive exchange of culture . The only reason US is not attacking Iran is that the war on Iran would be costly because Iran is well armed and militarily strong . The war on Iran would be too costly at all levels and will have many repercussions , it will not be a simple ride like the war on a weak country that has been exhausted by sanctions and interferences like Iraq for example . Even a US raid like the ones US carries on daily in Pakistan for example is not possible in Iran , it could escalate in a war that might expose Israel and involve other countries and which Russia and China would try to exploit to their own advantage . There is nothing that can stop US from waging war except fear , not only fear of losses which US can put up with but fear of losing the war itself , and US knows what it would be like when it lost the war on Lebanon waged by Israel and its allies during summer 2006. After 33 days of war where Israeli military air force and Israeli tanks were extensively used and where the Israeli army was continuously supplied by the USA , Israel lost the war and so did USA and nothing has changed since then . This bitter experience neither Israel nor US wants it in any way repeated in having the strongest army defeated by a weaker country, otherwise US would go to war . It has no difficulty convincing US citizens of the righteousness of such a war and its necessity for the country’s welfare and of the evil character of the enemy . The US citizens would go for anything and above all they are not ready to give up on any of their privileges even if they think that too much money is being spent on warfare that could have been used in welfare instead.. The average US citizen is partaking in the fruits of the military aggressive policy of USA . What the average citizen wants ultimately is a better distribution of the loot ,therefore this average citizen is an asset to such policy and would go for anything the state chooses for him . So there is no problem coming from the average citizen , the other citizens who are aware of this policy do not have a say on the ground , they are marginalized ; therefore, the only refrain comes the fear of the repercussions , from Russia and China and from another shameful defeat at the hands of the Iranians this time.

  13. Alfred Rosenberg

    This column is about 10x more offensive and racist than Paul Holmes' column. Replete with one-eyed revisionist history and tarring all those with white skin as wealthy oppressors, land thieves and 'fortress fleas'. Even under Maori protocol, that land was legitimately confiscated. Under Maori protocol, the British could have done a lot worse. In 1987 the SPLC successfully brought a civil case, on behalf of the victim's family, against the United Klans of America (UKA) for the 1981 lynching of Michael Donald, a 19-year-old black man in Mobile, Alabama, by two of the UKA's members. Unable to come up with the $7 million awarded by the jury, the UKA was forced to turn over its national headquarters to Donald's mother, who then sold it and used the money to purchase her first house. On November 13, 1988 in Portland, Oregon, three white supremacist members of East Side White Pride and White Aryan Resistance (WAR) beat to death Mulugeta Seraw, an Ethiopian man who came to the United States to attend college. In October 1990, the SPLC won a civil case on behalf of the deceased's family against WAR's operator Tom Metzger and his son, John Metzger, for a total of $12.5 million. The Metzgers declared bankruptcy, and WAR went out of business. The cost of work for the trial was absorbed by Anti-Defamation League as well as the SPLC. Metzger still makes payments to Seraw's family. The SPLC won a $37.8 million verdict for Macedonia Baptist Church, a 100-year-old black church in Manning, South Carolina, against two Ku Klux Klan chapters and five Klansmen (Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and Invisible Empire, Inc.) in July 1998. The money was awarded stemming from arson convictions in which the Klan burned down the historic black church in 1995. In September 2000 the SPLC won a $6.3 million judgment against the Aryan Nations from an Idaho jury who awarded punitive and compensatory damages to a woman and her son who were attacked by Aryan Nations guards. The lawsuit stemmed from the July 1998 attack when security guards at the Aryan Nations compound in Idaho shot at Victoria Keenan and her son. Bullets struck their car several times then the car crashed and an Aryan Nations member held the Keenans at gunpoint. As a result of the judgement, Richard Butler turned over the 20-acre (81,000 m2) compound to the Keenans who then sold the property to a philanthropist who subsequently donated it to North Idaho College, which designated the land as a "peace park." On March 18, 2003, two illegal aliens from El Salvador, Edwin Alfredo Mancía Gonzáles and Fátima del Socorro Leiva Medina, were trespassing through a Texas ranch owned by Joseph Sutton. They were accosted by vigilantes known as Ranch Rescue who were recruited by Sutton to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border region nearby. SPLC, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and local attorneys filed a civil suit, Leiva v. Ranch Rescue, in Jim Hogg County, Texas, against Ranch Rescue and several of its associates, seeking damages for assault and illegal detention. In April 2005, SPLC obtained judgments totaling $1 million against Nethercott and Torre John Foote, Ranch Rescue's leader. Those awards came six months after a $350,000 judgment in the same case and coincided with a $100,000 out-of-court settlement with Sutton. Nethercott’s 70-acre (280,000 m2) Arizona property, which was Ranch Rescue's headquarters, was seized to pay the judgment. In November 2008, the SPLC's case against the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), the nation's second largest Klan organization, began in Meade County, Kentucky. The SPLC filed suit in July 2007 on behalf of Jordan Gruver and his mother against the IKA in Kentucky where in July 2006, five Klansmen savagely beat Gruver at a Kentucky county fair. As a result, the victim received "two cracked ribs, a broken left forearm, multiple cuts and bruises and jaw injuries requiring extensive dental repair.". In February 2007, Jarred Hensley and Andrew Watkins had been sentenced to three years in prison for beating Gruver. On November 14, 2008, an all-white jury of seven men and seven women awarded $1.5 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff against Ron Edwards, Imperial Wizard of the group, and Jarred Hensley, who participated in the attack. The Maori Klan is lucky we cant sue for all their racist 'walking while white' attacks now that we have ACC aye? The NZ Settlement Act was just an early version of the SPLC.

    1. Angela Street

      Mr Rosenberg my response above was intended for you, Rosenberg tell me how you can accuse the maori writer of being racist when it is your govts own very racist policies in Occupied Palestine that is causing so many problems for those in the middle east? People in glass houses shouldnt throw stones & one would expect if you were so concerned about racism you would pressure your own corrupt govt to stop segregating palestinians & treating them like animals. You have built a wall that separates the native palestinian from their means of production, you have dropped bombs on a trapped 1.5million civilians with a military technology unsurpassed worldwide, denied them medical assistance & used your powerful media to lie about all of these hideous violations of human rights & integrity. How about you address issues of integrity & racism relating to your own brethren & their treatment of Palestinians, give them back what you stole & reparate what you cant, as in those families who have lost a son, daughter, mother, father. Yeah present day Palestine, where native palestinians are fighting for their lives while you people slowly bulldoze them out of existence. Before you decide to critize our people, stop lying to yourself about what YOUR racist, murdering Zionist govt is doing to others. Maybe then you will have some credibility..

      1. tom

        I would not say it is Israel's policies that have caused so many problems in the Middle East, rather Muslim Fundamentalism and the overwhelming hostility by the Muslim World toward the Jewish state of Israel. Israel is surrounded by enemies, they are the ones fighting to survive. Look at the 6 day War for an example of this. Hamas, who govern Palestine are anti-semitic, Islamic terrorist group. Get your facts right Angela.

        1. Angela Street

          Tom it is you who needs to get your facts straight or perhaps I should get some Jewish citizens to do so for you. The first doco film is called the Zionist story & is produced & directed by an ex IDF soldier, his story is compelling because of his admission that the true workings of the Israeli state & its treatment of the Palestiniansn is kept from the majority of Israelis, so upon discovering for himself what all the rest of the world knows except for a few exceptions such as yourself, he decided to make a film about the true history of Israels occupation. Ditto the follwing doco by the son of an Israeli general. In addition to this I have attached info from a site which is called Jews against Zionism, a pious group living inside the occupied territories & who are strongly outspoken against the Israeli govts brutal & genocidal policies. A little bit of history from the Jews against Zionism site for you: Zionism was supported by the German SS and Gestapo.[3] [4] [5] [6] Hitler himself personally supported Zionism.[7] [8] During the 1930's, in cooperation with the German authorities, Zionist groups organized a network of some 40 camps throughout Germany where prospective settlers were trained for their new lives in Palestine. As late as 1942 Zionists operated at least one of these officially authorized "Kibbutz" training camps[9] over which flew the blue and white banner which would one day be adopted as the national flag of "Israel".[10] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufLAitMq3zI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ZfnpN4Dfc http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/ So the Zionists who are in top level of Israeli govt were nazi supporters & therefor oppressors of the true semites. Are you aware Palestinians are the true semites? These people displaced a thriving population of 800,000 precious palestinian peoples & I strongly support a full right of return of their lands & property as the original inhabitants of Palestine of 2000yrs plus, I stand in solidarity with these people & so your claims of being an anti-semite demonstrate your misunderstanding of the origins of the occupiers, most of whom are Khazars or ashkenazis from eastern europe. They are an aggressive little entity who has been crying foul for years as being a victim, using the force of their extensive propaganda machine as their most powerful tool And in addition to being uninformed on this subject I would like to add that there was not a SINGLE SUICIDE BOMBING in Iraq prior to the illegal invasion of this sovereign country by the imperialist America & her allies. So how you can compare the deaths of 1.5million iraqis killed due to an illegal invasion anything comparable to the reaction to having your land stolen as in the case of Palestine. THey are defending themselves against the usurpers!!!

    2. Gordon Glen Watson

      This response by has to be the weirdest I've read yet across a selection of online media. Your knowledge of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is both impressive and disturbing. "Walking while white" (or 'WWW' for short)is also bizarre. Most strange but thanks for the chuckle, Alfred.

    3. RTaonui

      Hi Alfred, thanks for the comment. Re: Confiscation - the Crown has admitted the confiscations were unjust. Not sure anyone can follow the point regarding private legal suits against the Krazy KKKs - Howevfer, regarding beatings the NZHRC documented about 20 acts of violence that were racially motivated. ASs Irecall all but one (or perhaps all) were against brown people includng Maori, Pacific Islanders and Asians. Likening Maori to the KKKs is a bit wierd if not dumb. But thanks anyway, I appreciate being abkle to add your comments to my database on racism. RT

    4. Suz

      Kia ora Rawiri, your article is quite brilliant especially with the added feedback to clarify points of issue with our racist commentors. Roseyburg you sound very disturbed and mickey well the name says it all really.

  14. Robyn Kahukiwa

    Rawe e Rawiri. This article needs to be seen far and wide, at least as far and wide as the Paul Holmes "coming out" nga mihi, Robyn Kahukiwa

  15. Dianne Sharma-Winter

    Well framed rebuttal of Mr Holme's public outing of himself as a racist and the mouthpiece of kiwi racists. I have to disagree with you on one point however, Paul Holmes is not a brilliant writer, its just pulp opinion.

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