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How much racism is okay?

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OPINION: Racism has been a hot topic recently, both internationally and in New Zealand.

We have no doubt all heard enough about Trump's idiotic statements regarding four freshman American congresswomen of colour, whom he insisted should go back to where they came from.

The fact that three of them were born in the US did not stop Trump inciting chants of "send her back" at his most recent rally.

In New Zealand, we have had our own controversy in this space. Just this month retiring Gisborne mayor Meng Foon was announced as the new Race Relations Commissioner after a long-running judicial challenge by an unsuccessful appointee.

* Race Relations Commissioner announced as Meng Foon
* New Zealand has made progress but LGBTI employees still face bullying and discrimination
* Employers must respect other religions and cultures

In 2018, Colin Henry applied for a judicial review of the process the Ministry of Justice undertook in selecting the new commissioner, while also seeking an interim injunction to stop the appointment while the proceedings were heard.

Henry, who has practised law in the United States and the Caribbean, was one of a number of applicants........

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