Yeah we have to fight it. But the problem is when they see opposition as proof that they are speaking an unwanted truth, if you get what I mean. Like the Westboro Baptist Church. There's no real way to convince the completely pig headed racists that they're wrong. And what's more stupid is that they often get more airtime and make better news stories.
I'm glad that we don't have such extremist racist politicians (or at least none that I've encountered yet) although there was one incident last year when there were all these stupid leaflets that someone put in letterboxes around the city rambling on about "Arise White New Zealand" and with a swastika on the front. But I think it was just some pathetic high school students who thought it would be funny, rather than a serious racist politician.
The problem with racists is that they really dont seem to believe we are all the same species!!
I've encountered 'anti-Pom' in both NZ and here in Australia: it just means I found out who the rubbish people are sooner rather than later, because there is no such thing as a nice racist.
I was once refused a job in Auckland because, quote "You are English and won't be able to pronounce the Maori names" I pointed out I was tri-lingual and that Maori was a phonetically logical language which I had started to learn, but that just made her angry!!
it must be awful for Asians and others who are identified by skin colour too - at least with me I have to open my mouth before they know I'm not quite acceptable!!
We just have to refuse to accept racism, and fight back at racist organisatiions, but without beeing too
sensitive - sometimes people take offence when none is meant.
I am really surprised to hear that you were refused a job because they didn't think you would be able to pronounce the Maori names. Most Pakeha (including my parents) mis-pronounce Maori names so I don't get why they would be able to ever use that as a reason to deny you work.
I've never really seen any real prejudice against the English personally, and my the English immigrants I know have never complained about prejudice. Well, except for one, but it was her fault. She came here at the start of last year and went to my school. Yet she always complained about how stupid New Zealand was, and how England was so much better than this place. And that living here was like "living in Planet of the Apes". So as you can imagine, she made no friends, a few people (including myself) tried being nice to her, and at least always remaining polite but even I lost my temper when she started ranting about how New Zealanders are all arrogant, lazy and stupid.
But of course I have never used this as a basis to judge other English people. Since the only thing that makes us Kiwi, Aussie, English, Chinese etc. is which lump of dirt we were born over. So how can anyone ever claim that someone is better than another nationality just because they were born on some dirt which they deem more important than the dirt of the other person. I'm proud to be a New Zealander but that doesn't mean I consider myself better than anyone else, even if the Australians claim
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Sorry for the long rant, being 17 means I can't really do anything about racism no matter how much I want to.