Another Politician leveraging the NZ tragedy: Pat Dodson

“’First Nations’ peoples … know the impacts of murder wilfully carried out and morally justified by hatred of minorities, misplaced power and bullying superiority,” Dodson said.

Source: The Guardian

Comment: The term ‘First Nation‘ is defined as ‘a large body of people with a government peculiarly its own‘ or ‘speaking the same language‘.

Nation? At the time of arrival of European settlers, there were disparate Indigenous communities, each having its own mixture of cultures, customs and languages, “over 250 languages were spoken”.

First? The time of arrival of the first Indigenous Australians is also a matter of debate. The earliest human remains found are those of Mungo Man LM3 and Mungo Lady, dated around 50,000 years BP.

His attempt to link mass murder to a segment of the community which is concerned with a particular religion is an attempt to suppress debate.

His implication that the broader community is responsible for any massacres which occurred during settlement is essentially racist – as the vast majority of Australians arrived long after settlement.

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