Racism in New Zealand

by Patrick O'Brien

Image: Al Nisbet's racist cartoon | Fairfax Media, New ZealandImage 2013 © Fairfax Media

Two of Al Nisbet’s cartoons (here’s the other one) were published today in newspapers owned by Fairfax Media. Each of the images stereotypes Pacifika families rejoicing the Food-in-Schools programme for leaving them with more money to spend on tobacco, alcohol and gambling.

Racist? The Race Relations Commissioner doesn’t think so.

More interestingly — 77% of respondents to a poll on TV3 News actually thought the cartoons depicted reality.

Here’s a selection of related commentaries that I’ve posted to my NOTES:

Racism in New Zealand



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