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Casually racist, yet deeply tolerant

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18.07.2019

OPINION: I've been thinking a lot over the last week about whether New Zealand is racist.

Well, actually we already know that we're a bit racist. Saying that often causes a lot of knee-jerk "we're not f***ing racist! Look at Australia..." denial. But when we calm down, almost all Kiwis agree.

According to the recent Harvard-based study, 98 per cent of Kiwis actually do think people face discrimination on the basis of race in New Zealand.

A far more interesting question is what's our relationship with racism? Because ask anyone who's not white and you'll hear again and again that New Zealand is both casually racist and also deeply tolerant…

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Yes, there are hardcore racists. But what's far more common is being both casually racist and also very accepting. So what on earth does that mean? We're racist but we don't mean it?

Well, we can start with something we know. Jacinda Ardern would never be able to tell any MPs of colour to "go back and help fix the totally broken and........

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