māori and pacific islanders make up 21.5% of aotearoa new zealand’s total population but 63% of the prison population
how are we meant to have fair representation when we’re over represented in prison?
It can’t be that your people just happen…
Stolen? Australia and New Zealand still belong to the aborigines as much as it ever did, they just have to share it with westerners now. If anything they should be thankful for how much their standard of living went up after colonization.
sometimes i get replies which are so stupid i have no words for it, like i legit can’t think of anything to say but this one i think beats them all
'be thankful for your standard of living after colonisation!!!!!' wat, u mean be grateful for all the diseases, poverty, obesity, religion, social issues, abuse, etc that arrived on our shores with the pākehā? yes. i am so grateful.
Right because you all lived-in prosperity and free of diseases before you became civilized…
Be thankful you don’t live like savages anymore and that you have access to actual healthcare and don’t just rub leaves on your wounded parts like you used to.
i mean idk why i’m even bothering to engage with a person who refers to pre-colonial māori as “savages”, but my need to shut you down surpasses my repulsion i guess.
look, māori *did* live in good health and prosperity before being so graciously “civilised” by pākehā - their health was consistent with if not better than the health status of european and asian populations. but pākehā ppl’s shitty sense of superiority and entitlement wasn’t the only disease they brought with them, they also brought literal diseases that wiped out a good portion of the māori population.
it might shock you to learn that māori had an existing health system prior to colonisation that was decidedly more sophisticated than “rubbing leaves on wounded parts”. cultural concepts like tapu and noa - which are often racistly dismissed as merely spiritual or supernatural curiosities - were used to provide practical guidance on healthy behaviours, and actually have a pragmatic, common-sense foundation. and that’s just one example of the many systems pre-colonial māori had in place to maintain good health.
and it’s like, not even disputable that the fact māori are poorly represented in crime, health, education, employment etc today is a direct consequence of institutional racism and cultural imperialism. to believe these are arbitrary inequalities you have to be suffering from some true and profound wilful ignorance.