NZ Newswire’s Laura McQuillan has alerted me to a rogue Twitterer posing as me from the address ColourblindNZ.
The vicious stuff the impersonator is putting out is, I guess, a sign that the Treatygaters believe they have something to fear.
Thanks Laura — and thanks also to Matthew Dentith. Yes, you heard right.
Matthew and I have not exactly been a mutual admiration society on this blog and others, but he was kind enough to send me this email:
I thought I should touch base and tell you that there is a Twitter parody account masquerading under your name:
and it is using some disturbing far right language (“Worldwide White Pride”, references to Klan regalia, et cetera). You might want to notify people on your blog that the account isn’t you.
You also might like to think about starting up a Twitter account so this won’t be a problem in future.
As to why I’m doing this; I know a fair number of tāngata whenua who are getting upset with the white pride remarks the parody account is making.
I may not agree with your views, but I also want a quality debate in the media, not the kind of strawman remarks the parody account is putting out there.
Matthew Dentith, PhD
I very much appreciate that, Matthew.
For the record, I’m no longer using the name Colourblind New Zealand. As others had warned me it would be, I found the name was being wilfully misinterpreted as ‘blind to people of colour’ — which is the last thing I intended.
It was, of course, meant to tie in with the concept ‘justice is blind’ (ie unbiased).
I notice the bogus site has attracted quite a few followers, so I just hope they now realise that the increasingly outrageous tweets are not coming from me.
As I said to Laura, it’s just another battle tactic of the crooked ones. It’s a compliment, as they wouldn’t be wasting their time blackening my name if they didn’t think the Treatygate message was striking a chord.