May 15, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Since when does discomfort equate to racism??!

4 min read

Recently, Maori Party MP Hone Harawira was in the spotlight again for comments he made regarding “discomfort” he might feel at the thought of his children bringing home non-Maori partners. Once again the media and his detractors jumped on these comments as being racist. Numerous comments have been made on his website, one of which caught our attention written by Kyle (aka Ngati Pakeha):

If this question isnt going to be answered by this racist pig, then flag it as spam.

Where the hell do you get off with the racism? Do you want me to go out to the nearest community group and start yelling about disgusting black mother f***** maoris? How id be sickened for my children to date a whorey?

Get your f***** thick nose out of the gutter and smell the coffee, you know, that stuff you drink that the white man bought over to New Zealand, or eat some refreshing bacon that again, the white man made.

S***, lets just knockout the whole of the New Zealand infrastructure and say LOOK AT US, we have nothing ooga booga, we slayed each other now theres nothing left to eat No This is a multicultural society and has been for QUITE sometime.

Hey, you wouldent even be ALIVE, nor would ANY moaris if it wasnt for white man aye, aye bro

The last full blooded maori is long gone.

So before you open your thick skulled, juju lipped mouth again, think with your brian not your arse!

We found it particularly interesting that while the writer called Mr Harawira a racist, he then went on to then use a litany of highly racist comments, so clearly Hone’s most recent article for Ae Marika really hits the nail on the head (read below) and hopefully helps clarify fully his comments:

Seems every time I open my mouth these days, some boorish redneck wants to shove his boot right down my throat, and so it was again last week when I made a comment about how I wouldnt feel comfortable if one of my kids came home with a Pakeha for a date.

But what was wrong with that?

Fathers have been having hopes and dreams and fears about who their little girls bring home ever since Moses was a baby. And if anybody thinks Im the first one to say it out loud, then theyve been living in a plastic bubble.

I mean how many fathers havent expressed some discomfort with who their daughters have brought home over the years?

How many dads havent stayed up late at night worrying about whether their daughter is going to be OK with the strange lookin character who came to pick them?

And how many havent raised their eyebrows when their daughters have come home with somebody from a different race? Now be honest here guys!!!

I didnt say I wouldnt let them into my house. Neither did I say Id stop my kids going out with them. All I said was that I wouldnt feel comfortable.

Truth be known, Ive felt uncomfortable with a couple of the Maori guys that my daughters have come home with as well!!

As for me well, when I was a young man I always knew I would marry a Maori. Mum and dad hadnt made a big fuss about it, but that was just the way it was for me. And as I grew older and talked with others, I found out that that was the way it was for a lot of other Maori men as well. In fact, some were even more specific. They werent just going to marry any Maori it had to be one from their own iwi.

Tahu Potiki, a Ngai Tahu leader, said this about this issue I am a bit of an iwi fundamentalist and have quite deliberately sought a partner from within the tribe and I would be very pleased if my children did the same. Such connections are very satisfying and remain important to Maori even in this twenty first century world.

And its also true that Pakeha partners often feel out of place when they first come into contact with Maori and Pacific Island families as well. They look uncomfortable at family gatherings, they dont understand the language, they dont understand the humour, and when they hear a joke sometimes they dont know whether the family is laughing with them or at them. They look out of place.

That doesnt mean they wont get used to it or that they wont fit in. Many do. And some dont.

But thats the reality in a world where different cultures actually feel more comfortable with one another and not so comfortable with others.

Minister of Maori Affairs, Dr Pita Sharples expressed it the way I probably should have when he said I think that deep down it (what Hone said) reflects probably how a lot of people think that marrying someone from your own culture is something that is probably good.

Maori families have for generations been consciously and unconsciously trying to arrange marriages for their children and their grandchildren with people who fit into their world and in most cases those arrangements are with people from their own culture.

Its not a biggie, and its not uncommon.

Enjoy life folks and to all of those who still dont feel comfortable with the partners your kids brought home and ended up marrying and having kids with, just be thankful for the mokopunas

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