What does it say about us as a country when a 21 year old Māori woman has her home attacked multiple times as an intimidation tactic against her standing for the Māori Party this election?
What does it say about us as a country that the story fades so quickly in the mainstream media?
What does it say about us as a country when there are those on the Right who question this egregious attack and claim it’s a scam?
What does it say about us as a country that such intimidation can occur alongside three Political Parties openly race baiting and making Māori the punching bag this election?
We have told ourselves that our Colonization of Māori was a shining example of race relations so often that we’ve smugly believed it.
There is a grotesque level of racism in this election that should shame us all.
Watching the right claim that their malice and spite IS NOT racist is almost comical.
Whoever wins this election, the racist wounds caused during the fighting for it will not heal and will cause enormous social backlash for whoever benefits from it at the ballot box.