I believe that all races are equal and should have equal ruling in the law as well as equal opportunities. Yet when I say this in discussions regarding Maori privilege, I am then often accused of marginalizing Maori and other times as being racist. The implication by some is that my view is in the least, insensitive. But I would honestly like an explanation here. How is the belief that all races are equal and that all races should be subject to the same laws and privileges make me insensitive or a racist? I just don’t get it. Can someone enlighten me on this.
My belief carries across to any country and time. While I am not from South Africa, my belief regarding Apartheid South Africa was exactly the same. I believed it was wrong to give Whites special privileges and that regardless of race, all South Africans should have access and to the same privileges and be subject to the same law and judgements. Even Nelson Mandela who had every excuse to hate White people was fair in his dealings post Apartheid. Instead of giving his own racial group more privilege he set about forging a new South Africa where all were equal. He even embraced the Springbox , a team that was considered a part of Apartheid era and did not agree with the popular notion of changing the name of the team.
Yet in New Zealand, my ‘all races are equal’ stance is opposed. It seems that New Zealand society is trying to push me to believe that some races are more equal than other. Sorry, but an oxymoron is moronic IMO. No PC ideals are ever going to get me to accept an oxymoron as right. And promoting the idea that one race gets special privilege over another just Apartheid plain and simple. Once that horrid system is in place, it will divide a country and as that wise old saying goes, “united we stand, divided we fall”.
What do you think? Do you agree with me? If not, then is your explanation or best argument for Maori privilege at the expense of all other racial groups in New Zealand? I look forward to your views.