OPINION: White folk are not to blame for the crimes and sickness of non-whites
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Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres appears to regret white folk live longer and not enough are in jail.
A taxpayer-funded report called A Fair Go for All from the Human Rights Commission, of which Mr de Bres is part, says that despite Europeans making up 68% of the population, only 33% of those in prison are Europeans.
Which compares with 49% Maori and 11.3% Pacific Islanders – who make up only 15% and 7%, respectively, of the overall population.
Mr de Bres also supports the claim that because Europeans live longer than Maori and Pacific Islanders that is an example of “significant inequalities” between ethnic groups.
He says Maori, Pacific Islanders and ethnic communities are not getting what he calls a fair go in the justice, health and education systems.
Does Mr De Bres advocate the jailing of more white people to “balance” the high percentage of jailed Maori and Pacific Island criminals?
Does he want more Europeans to take up smoking, heavy drinking and eating rubbish food to enable the white death rate to catch up?
It certainly sounds like it.
If a significantly higher percentage of Maori and Pacific Islanders did not commit a significantly higher percentage of serious crime then a significantly higher percentage of them would not be in jail.
Maybe if Maori and Pacific Islanders thought about what they eat, drink and smoke, fewer of them would be so highly represented in appallingly bad health statistics.
And maybe if more of their young folk attended school and worked hard to get a good education they would – by virtue of their own efforts – escape the paternalistic mouthings of people like Mr de Bres and his fellow travellers.
Mr de Bres’s attempt to foist some notion of a “white man’s burden” on to the shoulders of healthy, law-abiding, working New Zealanders is avoiding the real issue.
People do not have to commit crime. They can say no.
They do not have to smoke, get drunk or eat rubbish. They can say no.
Mr de Bres would do well to remember that before he plays the blame game.