When I was thirteen, my grandmother told me a story about the Second World War. She was a nurse at a military hospital in Sydney, Australia. For two years, she healed and comforted American and Australian soldiers.
One day, she tended to a wounded Maori soldier, who had lost his legs to an artillery attack. He was very dark-skinned. His hair was black and curly and his eyes were black and warm. His face was covered with bright tattoos.
‘Are you Maori?’ he asked my grandmother.
‘No,” she said. ‘I’m Spokane Indian. From the United States.’
‘Ah, yes,’ he said. ‘I have heard of your tribes. But you are the first American Indian I have ever met.’
‘There’s a lot of Indian soldiers fighting for the United States,’ she said. “I have a brother fighting in Germany, and I lost another brother on Okinawa.’
‘I am sorry,” he said. ‘I was on Okinawa as well. It was terrible.’
‘I am sorry about your legs,’ my grandmother said.
‘It’s funny, isn’t it?’ he said.
‘How we brown people are killing other brown people so white people will remain free.’
“I hadn’t thought of it that way.’
‘Well, sometimes I think of it that way. And other times I think of it the way they want me to think of it. I get confused.’
All the white New Zealanders I’ve spoken to don’t like the Maoris, the way they are full of crime and welfare. […] The Maoris in jail are 51 per cent of the people in jail and yet they are only 13 or 14 per cent of the population. They’re either in jail or on welfare.
Louis Crimp, a Suspected Racist and entrepreneur in the area of the world known as New Zealand. He contributed the largest amount of money to the “Act Party” in hopes to end what he says is special treatment for the non-white original inhabitants of the area, the Maoris, who he claims is “either in jail or on welfare”.
“The Maoris in jail are 51 per cent of the people in jail and yet they are only 13 or 14 per cent of the population. They’re either in jail or on welfare.” Hm. Does this sound familiar to the U.S.? I think so. But there’s no racism outside of America. There’s no ill treatment of the indigenous outside of America. (via siddharthasmama)