Don’t rush to condemn NZ First list MP Richard Prosser’s uncomfortably blunt views on Muslims and those who “look like” Muslims.
He was voicing not only his own views but those held – rightly or wrongly – by a number of his fellow New Zealanders.
When it comes to the “hate stakes” Kiwis punch well above their weight.
In varying numbers and concentrations, and using the common vernacular, people in this country hate horis, coons, white trash, Jews, micks, prods, wogs, chinks, towelheads, Ockers, abos, Poms, commies, rich pricks, fags, dykes and Yanks.
The list goes on.
Remember the Yellow Peril and Bash a Pom a Day campaigns?
Remember the call from Maori to kill a white and bulldoze whites into the sea?
Remember the hatred of hardworking Dutch who came here and “took” our jobs?
The lazy whingeing Pom syndrome?
Calls to pack Maoris off to outer islands?
For a country made up of people from all backgrounds and from all corners of the globe – all of whom came here to make a better life – New Zealanders harbour many thinly-disguised prejudices.
It is a mark of national insecurity coupled with a massive self-conscious shoulder-chip displayed by some white folks who feel threatened by foreigners.
Drop by any pub any night for first-hand experience of typical “hate” conversation.
But also remember next time you are in hospital, the doctor, nurse or specialist keeping you alive is more likely to be – or look like – someone people such as Mr Prosser and his mates wish was not here.