On Brash’s – and others’ – over-simplified calls for “one law for all” (by which they of course mean please let’s just ignore all that historic injustice which has placed we rich white men on the top of the pile).
- Maori as a people were signatories to a treaty that was not honored.
- Maori, their culture and language are unique to New Zealand…
- Maori are overrepresented in negative statistics like crime and morbidity, and it’s sometimes more effective to target these problems culturally rather than at the wider population.
I can’t say I necessarily agree with Danyl that the one-law-which-incidentally-keeps-the-old-white-men-in-power-for-all argument can be made in good faith; maybe if by “good faith” we mean “complete ignorance of basic social justice issues which privilege has allowed the arguer to never be prompted to google”.