“Maori are legally privileged in New Zealand today, just as the Aristocracy were legally privileged in pre-revolutionary France”
Despite the absurdity of both the comment and the comparison, I still have some comments to make below. But for a longer discussion in response to Whyte’s claims see Jamie Whyte has not been thinking by Matthew RX Dentith.
Starting with a relevant queston: Who has the power to make and enforce law in New Zealand?
Parliament, you know, that Westminster system that derives from the United Kingdom and was imposed on Māori in contravention of a mutual agreement between many but not all iwi and the Crown – Te Tiriti o Waitangi. That system that decreed how society – including Māori society would be organised and resources distributed. That system that confiscated Māori land, suppressed Māori culture and Māori language and in doing so took away Māori rights to self-determination.
ACT say they want equality before the law, but whose law?
The law they [ACT] decree is superior to all other forms of law and law making.
Tell me again about how this policy is about equality.
Show me where Māori are so privileged that they can create enforceable laws that meet our needs and conform to our system of order in Te Ao Māori.
Explain to me how your law to make all enforceable law doesn’t privilege the entire system in your favour.
Jamie Whyte, Leader of the ACT Party and Author of ‘Crimes Against Logic’
Image sourced from Bryce Edwards Liberation blog
But hey, Māori. Forced to justify our existence since 1840.