Seriously, Garth, can you HEAR yourself?

Bruce Emery, noted child-killer businessman has been sentenced for the manslaughter of young vandal Pihema Cameron, a child dope-fuelled tagging machine.

How much is the life of a brown kid worth these days? Four years, three months.

The starting point for sentencing was five and a half to six years jail because it was a homicide with the use of a knife, the judge said. But Emery received the benefit of mitigating factors, including his “family standing” in the community.

… So you can see that this post is going to get swear-y, right?

I’m sure we all remember how the string-em-up brigade reacted to this child-killing earlier, yes?

[A] decent hard working citizen is facing a murder charge because of his frustration over this [tagging] issue.

Thanks, Garth McVicar. So, any thoughts now that a thug has been immoderately punished for chasing down and knifing a child?

Trust spokesperson Garth McVicar says the verdict is a shame, because he understands the frustration Emery was going through when he caught the tagger at his house.

He says the trust would have liked to have seen Emery discharged altogether.

Mr McVicar says this would have sent a message that minor crimes like graffitti need to be dealt with seriously.

Okay, it’s capslock time.

BRUCE EMERY KNIFED A 15-YEAR-OLD. BECAUSE OF SOME FUCKING SPRAYPAINT THAT *MIGHT* HAVE GOT ON HIS FUCKING FENCE. A CHILD IS DEAD BECAUSE BRUCE EMERY IS SO FUCKING IRRATIONAL, SO PETTY, SO SELF-CENTREDLY IGNORANT OF BASIC SOCIAL NORMS THAT HE GOT A KNIFE AND CHASED DOWN A CHILD AND KILLED HIM. IT’S NOT understandable frustration, IT’S NOT a sign the cops need to crack down on kids with kooky handwriting that old white guys can’t read vandals, IT’S KILLING A CHILD OVER A COAT OF PAINT.

You’re the spokesman for the fucking Sensible Sentencing Trust. You advocate bringing back the death penalty and instituting three-strikes laws. And YOU are going to fucking ask that A CONVICTED FUCKING CHILD KILLER be discharged because TAGGING IS A BIG FUCKING ISSUE?

WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS FUCKING WRONG WITH YOU?

WHAT FUCKING PLANET ARE YOU FROM?

DO YOU EVEN GET HOW FUCKING HYPOCRITICAL YOU ARE?

I mean, seriously.  The SST bitch day and night about rising crime and violence and people feeling unsafe in their own homes. You know what makes ME feel unsafe? Knowing that smug white guys might just get so frustrated about their fence paint that they feel justified KNIFING CHILDREN. And that by a large the media coverage WILL BE ON THEIR SIDE. And that our own bloody law enforcement lobby WON’T SEE A FUCKING PROBLEM WITH THIS.

You don’t build a safe fucking society by locking up everyone whose skin colour or fashion choices you disagree with. You don’t help everyone feel secure by establishing a class of people who get to break out into acts of unprecedented, fatal violence and don’t pay for it the way other people do.

Seriously, Garth, you think the fucking issue in New Zealand is that kids might write on your stonework? I think the fucking issue is that the next time I walk into a boardroom full of guys in suits, I’ll have to watch out for one of them going fucking berko over the typist getting their coffee order wrong. Because apparently that’s an acceptable standard of behaviour – if you’re a guy in a suit.

A lot of the discussion around this has been about racism. One side charges that if Bruce Emery hard darker skin and less money, he would not have got so light a sentence. Others argue that this just isn’t so, go on, prove that his being a white businessman has anything to do with it. Seriously? What about Bailey Kurariki? What about this very similar case, as spotted by No Right Turn?

For fuck’s sake, people, just look at the headlines!

Bashed prank boys face operations

vs

Businessman faces court over death of tagger

JESUS CHRIST, it’s not rocket science! Not convinced? Let’s go for opening paragraphs:

Two teenage boys could need surgery and a third is nursing serious injuries following a vicious assault in suburban New Plymouth.

versus

A 50-year-old businessman was remanded in custody when he appeared in a south Auckland court today charged with the murder of a teenage boy.

Surely this has nothing to do with our construction of taggers = bad, businessman = good? Nothing to do with assumptions we immediately make about “businessman Defending Home” versus “Maori guy thumping kids”? ARGH, I’M TOO SHORT FOR THIS SHIT.

Ahem.  For more on the topic, I recommend:

Anita at Kiwipolitico: What does it mean that they’re “one of us”?
Luddite Journo: You can only be a victim if you own a house
Tane at The Standard: Institutional racism

Next time on Ideologically Impure: I’ll probably top this post’s f-count while discussing Tony fucking Veitch, and try to inject a little humour by way of a sharp-edged satirical blunt two-by-four of irony picture post.
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21 comments

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  2. notafeminist

    This is an excellent post. The amount of sympathy for Emery is mindboggling. He got a little pissed off and killed someone; when I was growing up, I was taught that was really, really wrong. I don’t understand how rich whiteness is the trump card to trump them all. I guess, if he was a rugby player they would have had him knighted by now.

    OT: As for Crappy Headlines, how about this gem from today (on Stuff): Two in court over seven-hour ‘rape’.

    ‘Rape’, as if being attacked, drugged and sexually assaulted for 7 hours by two men doesn’t really qualify for that regular, unpunctuated version of rape.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/4852658a12.html

    • QoT

      OH GOD I SAW THAT ONE. Unfortunately I was at work and couldn’t scream obscenities at the computer the way I normally would.

      I thoroughly expect the usual “but it’s a leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeegal term” excuses to pop up, but seriously. At least default to the usual scandalous-headline-attention-getting “sex attack” or something.

  3. Jack Hackett

    Graffiti is a pest for many folk here in the Ireland and I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

    Jack

    • QoT

      If you can’t see “what all the fuss is about” when a young man is dead, Jack, I don’t know how to explain it to you.

  4. Jack Hackett

    I’m sorry he’s dead and all that, but , like you know, graffiti is an obscenity if you’re an owner of properties. I own property and constantly have it vandalised.

    Did he have a future apart from being a vandal?

    Jack

    • QoT

      Jack, please, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for proving, right here in the comments section of my own blog, that yes, class and race prejudice do still exist, and some people really do think a lick of spraypaint is worth a life – as long as it’s the life of a poor brown kid.

  5. Jack Hackett

    I know of many working people whose lives is made a misery by vandals and thieves who are supported by university educated people to have no sense of responsibility. I am speaking for the ordinary person and don’t have your education. I look after my tenants better than the govment.

    Jack

    • QoT

      Wow, Jack, we’re really going for the “common man imposed upon by you academic liberals who don’t understand The Real World” jackpot there, aren’t we?

  6. Jack Hackett

    Yes.

    Trumped hey.

    Experience versus book knowledge always wins out.

    I see both of these people as victims, the manslaughterer and the little shit tagger. Now the latter is dead and that is bad. But the former may have been a good fellow, but you paint him as a monster, because he owns property and killed a “brown boy” whatever a “brown boy ” is.

    Jack

    Jack

    • QoT

      Wow, Jack, you’re so right. I hate white property-owners and think they should all be locked up for the crime of owning property, those bastards. Expecting someone to pay for killing another person is just an excuse to feed my vendetta against the middle classes. You are so perceptive, you should like go into forensic profiling or something.

  7. Jack Hackett

    Yes comrade, come the revolution I too want the Merc and the house on the hill.

    Jack

  8. Fem

    How messed up in the head do you have to be to condone the murder of a child over graffiti?

    And everytime I see a blog comment where someone says “I own property” I immediately don’t believe them.

    You don’t need an education [or to own property for that matter] to know that you can’t kill children over a *possible* tag on your fence.

    You’re not speaking for the ordinary person Jack.

  9. Jack Hackett

    Fem , nobody condones the death of a child. This bloke has been tried and sentenced. He is in the wrong, no doubt. I do object however to this being extrapolated by QoT to “all white business people are morally corrupt/bad. QoT and you could be described as fascist but I’m too much of a gentleman to accuse you of that You sound as if you both care about people, just not all people. You are selective in your hatred. and you both are scary in this.

    Jack
    [QoT: Thanks for showing your true colours, Jack. Nothing like a good passive-aggressive “but I won’t call you a Nazi” to really show you’re the bigger man here. I find it difficult to accept that you honestly think my post can be “extrapolated” into a universal hatred of businesspeople, and even more so that you don’t think your own comments here have explicitly attempted to condone Emery’s actions. Fuck off.]

  10. Jack Hackett

    Ds tht mn ‘m bnnd r cn stll pst.

    Jck
    [QoT: It means I think you should fuck off. Reading comprehension not the best, is it?]

  11. Fem

    Jack – Nobody said “all white business people are morally corrupt/bad”.

    You said it.

    You can’t seem to grasp what this post is about.

    I would suggest next time you can’t understand something you get someone to explain it to you before running your mouth.

    And yes, I am selective in my “hatred”. I tend to side with victims rather than the people who murder them. Why is it that you don’t?

  12. Jack Hackett

    My sy smthng wtht ths cnsrshp.

    Jck

    [QoT: You can say whatever you like on your own blog, Jack. My blog, my rules, my lack of patience with boring trolls.]

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