Stop ‘racism’ bashing

LETTER

It really disappoints the general public to be bashed day after day by people like Charmaine Fouhy and Lara Meyer. They are obsessed with stirring up people who are better balanced, more understanding and get on with their lives.

Ray Hill understands racism is happening in every country in the world but we are better than that. We simply don’t need it in our news. People I speak to are fed up with it, move on.

Before picking on Ray Hill for your belief of poor judgement, you should all know Ray has done a huge amount for our community, as well his son Andrew Hill saving lives. He has led a great life and achieved and produced a lot of good for us all with a fine, intelligent family. He is well above your depressing highlighting.

It really saddens me you flog racism like a dead horse, to no avail. It’s up to you to moderate, be constructive and make this Tairawhiti better than the rest of the world, not join them. You are doing that by stirring the pot and annoying the rest of the community with bad space in our letters that are not positive but extremely negative.

Alain Jorion

It really disappoints the general public to be bashed day after day by people like Charmaine Fouhy and Lara Meyer. They are obsessed with stirring up people who are better balanced, more understanding and get on with their lives.

Ray Hill understands racism is happening in every country in the world but we are better than that. We simply don’t need it in our news. People I speak to are fed up with it, move on.

Before picking on Ray Hill for your belief of poor judgement, you should all know Ray has done a huge amount for our community, as well his son Andrew Hill saving lives. He has led a great life and achieved and produced a lot of good for us all with a fine, intelligent family. He is well above your depressing highlighting.

It really saddens me you flog racism like a dead horse, to no avail. It’s up to you to moderate, be constructive and make this Tairawhiti better than the rest of the world, not join them. You are doing that by stirring the pot and annoying the rest of the community with bad space in our letters that are not positive but extremely negative.

Alain Jorion

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Lara - 15 days ago
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us.

"You can't delete racism. It's like a cigarette. You can't stop smoking if you don't want to, and you can't stop racism if people don't want to. But I'll do everything I can to help." - Mario Belotelli

"Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated." - Alveda King

Charmaine Fouhy - 3 days ago
Alain Jorion, my comment to Mr Ray Hill about having his head in the sand, was in regard to his view on racism and that subject only. I didn't make any personal attacks regarding any other aspects of his life. I appreciate that in your view and opinion you find Mr Hill a saintly saviour and absolute hero of our wonderful city, also that the intelligence and balanced opinions of Mr Hill and his family are far superior to others of us in the community. As for your assertion that 'every' person you speak to agrees with your assertions that racism is a moot issue and 'best not be discussed any further', I can only assume (as you did of mine and Lara's opinions) that you live in a very narrow world along with others who share the same narrow views. So as a Pakeha mother of three amazingly intelligent, talented and highly successful children who also share the Maori blood of their Ngati Porou father, I shall continue to, in your view, "Bash" but in my view "Challenge" the inherent injustices of racism so that maybe by the time my mokos grow up this country has a stronger and more balanced perception of "oneness".