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Time to tackle bigotry head-on

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OPINION: Far from being some inexplicable outburst of untethered rage, what happened in Christchurch on Friday afternoon was an intricately stage-managed, explicitly political act. Steeped in ideology, it was a horrifying fusion of ancient hatreds and modern means.

But it was not an attack against me or my family. We are not Muslim, nor immigrants. This violence - however much we wish it were not so - was carried out on our behalf.

Many have cast Friday's events as an attack on New Zealand itself. In some senses, that's true. An assault on our sense of security and wellbeing, certainly. On the ways we like to see ourselves, and to be seen. As with any atrocity of this nature, It was, without doubt, a crime against humanity.

But let's not kid ourselves. This was a targeted and deliberate assault against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Because of their faith. Because most are immigrants. Because many are black or brown. Because, in the mind of the terrorist, their very existence - their presence among our nation's somehow rightful inhabitants - is an affront.

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"White supremacy is at the root of what happened,"........

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