ANALYSIS: In hindsight, Sir Peter Leitch probably wishes he’d smiled and waved as he passed Lara Wharepapa Bridger and her family at the Waiheke Island vineyard but New Zealand is better off because he opened his mouth.
When the Mad Butcher made comments to Bridger about Waiheke being “a white man’s island” he sparked a race row.
After a few days of going backward and forward, the sensible majority can now agree stupid things were said - stupid, racist things.
The day after Bridger posted a public video about what happened, Leitch’s publicist Michelle Boag (also the former National Party president)took a spade and dug herself into the hole Leitch had started to scratch out for himself.
Meanwhile, Kiwis debated whether Leitch’s comments were racist or just a joke. (more…)
As a young nation undergoing a rapidly changing demography, NZ is learning to grapple with the rise of ‘casual’ or ‘everyday’ racism.
Academics say we are seeing the rise of a relatively new concept of “casual” or “everyday” racism.
Everyday racism is often normalised and infused into daily life, they wrote last year on The Conversation.com.au, in an article charting the rapid rise of casual racism.
And now this casual racism is manifesting itself in New Zealand in 2015 - together with the difficulty in recognising it.
“…..we are not as used to cultural diversity as many other countries that have been familiar with this for a lot longer.
Gail Pacheco, associate professor in economics at Auckland University of Technology, will present a talk titled Sick of Discrimination at the annual Diversity Forum in Auckland in September.
Even casual discrimination is considered a stressor that broadly affects health, Pacheco says.
Too many homegrown TV shows and movies still feature mainly people of European descent in leading roles, says Dr Nabeel Zuberi, senior lecturer in film, television and media at the University of Auckland.
“I look out my office window and see students of all races and colours going to classes but this is not being reflected in the local television output, particularly in reality shows,” he says.
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