#Icantbreathe: Eric Garner is another casualty in the war on colour

Racism has many faces….These faces may be grouped into three main forms – personal racism, cultural racism and institutional racism. Cultural racism is… entrenched philosophy and beliefs. Its most obvious form in New Zealand is in the assumption that Pakeha culture, lifestyle and values are superior to those of other New Zealand cultures, notably those… Read More #Icantbreathe: Eric Garner is another casualty in the war on colour

Controlling men

To continue the annus horribilus that is 2014, the at least 35 young men who called themselves the Roastbusters and sexually assaulted and raped at least 110 young women were not charged after a three year investigation because of lack of evidence. The positive Police spin as to the thoroughness of their investigation did nothing to quell the… Read More Controlling men

How NZ men raised their sons up to be Roastbusters

Amidst all the handwringing, anger, disgust and blame that has come with the revelations about the self-proclaimed Roastbusters, I have not been aware of any commentary on how we raised these sexual predators within the bosom of our community. I have no intention of providing a lengthy treatise on the historical foundations of our rape culture; clearly… Read More How NZ men raised their sons up to be Roastbusters

How I learned to love the violent arm of the State

On The Vote last week, they debated our confidence in the NZ Police. In a result at odds with the Police’s own polling, 56 percent voted no confidence in the Police. Some of the other bloggers I follow called it “astounding,” and went on to say it was, in their opinion, a more accurate reflection of a fundamentally broken and untrustworthy organisation. I… Read More How I learned to love the violent arm of the State