This will no doubt stir up a hornet’s nest, but it’s something I have been pondering about. It seems it’s “un-PC” to even question things like this, but screw it.
In New Zealand recently, a new political party was formed to contest at the next general election, which is later on this year.
Currently, the NZ political system provides 2 Electoral Rolls, 1 General and 1 Maori (which is the indigenous race of New Zealand). In addition to the allocated Maori seats in parliment (which are allocated from the Maori Roll votes), there are also quite a number of general seats held by maori polititians, who are members of the mainstream left and right political parties. It has been widely known that the Socialist Labour Party was popular among Maori voters, but recently there has been some discord regarding various historical issues, the latest and most prominent being an attempt to claim ownership and restrict access rights of New Zealand’s beaches and foreshore.
So, recently a party was set up called the “Maori Party”, which is gaining quite a bit of momentum in the NZ political scene. It appears that this party may have a reasonable impact at the next general election. If anything it may in fact split the Maori vote from Labour which will acheive the opposite effect, but that’s beside the point.
My question is this: Is it OK to create a Political Party and target a particular race (by name even)? It seems to me that this in itself is racist when the ethic group concerned current has fully equal voting rights, and even has special allocation in parliment to guarantee racial representation no matter what the election results are.
Isn’t it a breach of basic human rights to segregate political views based on race?..and then allow a vehicle to encourage segregation.
What would be the reaction if an “Anglo Saxon” or “White New Zealander” party was created - surely THAT would be considered racist right? Isn’t this the beginnings of Apartheid?