Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Apathy, Tall Poppy or are we just lazy?

I'm kind of bummed out some days with the general apathy of New Zealanders. Where does it come from?

Is it just another manifestation of the 'tall poppy' syndrome that we kiwi's are famous for? We are pretty good at cutting people down who get too big for their boots.

Are we selfish? I've seen so many examples recently of people ignoring others struggles- until of course they end up in one of their own.

Maybe we just feel useless and think there's no point in standing up for yourself or other people because you can't change anything so why bother. I have had a few people say that to me over the last couple of years actually. How depressing is that ? And how untrue.

Our world changes constantly. Greek Philosopher Heraclitus said that the only constant in life is change (or some variant of that.) Humans are agents of change. Every single advance we have made started with one human, one person. Why can't that person be you?

Signs you might be a racist prick.

Ever sat there and wondered if you're a racist prick?

Take the self-test and find out. Give yourself a point for each yes (be honest now.)

1: Have you ever used the phrase "Maori shower" and thought you were being super funny and clever?

2: Do you downright refuse to spell or pronounced Maori or foreign place names properly?

3: You think Maori TV is just for Mowris.

4: You think saying "Mowri" is correct.

5: You think Paul Henry is hilarious and Michael Laws is your hero.

6: You think you can't be racist because some of your best friends/neighbours/cousins are Maori/P.I/Asian whatever.

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you are at the very least ignorant and must seek knowledge immediately.

If you answered yes to two or more you are a racist prick and must seek knowledge immediately.

In a perfect world, racism wouldn't exist- however in the real world......

I feel sick. Maybe it's because I don't spend much time with the sort of people who think racism is from a bygone era, or perhaps it's just because people generally know me well enough not to say vertain things around me- but I got a serious shock looking at the comments on the Campbell Live facebook page comments after a story aired about on a Black South African journalist being wrongly suspected of drug dealing.
Here's a selection for you:

Captin Kirsty Plunkett He is acting like sterotyped black people! Wen in trouble play the racist card. Pffft mate ur in nz and we smell bulshit!

Irene Volschenk South African Media is all about discrimination, dear Vata go back to SA were u are the boss, in this country u not going to sing your racism song. We dont care. NZ Police well done for doing your job.

And so on, I'm not going to re-post them all here, you can go to the link if you really want to know.
Pretty funny though considering "Captin Kirsty" thought that South Africa wouldn't let out rugby team in because they were all white, and "Irene" is a white South African telling the South African journalist to go back to where he came from. Um yeah Irene, why don't you fuck off too and take Captin Misinformed Kirsty with you?

Yeah I know, people will probably have a cry that I've re-posted their shit here, but I figure they posted it on a public page so get over it- if they really do think what they are saying is okay then they should be able to stand by it right?

If it was me though, I'd be pretty ashamed of myself. Like I said. I feel sick.

Monday, 26 September 2011