Rosemary McLeod: you can be privileged and still impoverished
by John Ansell
In today’s Dominion Post, Rosemary McLeod confuses privilege with failure to make the most of a privilege.
Just because Maori remain at the bottom of all the social statistics, doesn’t mean they haven’t benefited disproportionately from the state’s largesse.
What it does mean is that all ’compensation’, all those welfare payments, all those race-based programmes they keep demanding, don’t appear to be working.
That’s because so much Maori poverty is cultural and moral poverty. Clearly that culture and those morals need to change.
In the past, Rosemary, like most of my opponents, has also confused racism with criticism. They’re very different things.
Rosemary: get your high-fashion Welly liberal eye patch off and look at both sides of the story.
And don’t call me pink