Sunday television programme last night gave him the opportunity to define racism, and by his definition he is not a racist.
The feature, titled “Home Truths”, was made as a follow-up to the Te Tai Tokerau MP’s outburst that he wouldn’t feel comfortable if one of his children came home with a Pakeha partner.
When asked whether he was racist, Harawira defined racism as “where one sector of society, normally the dominant sector, has the ability to impose its will on the rest of society.”
By that definition, there is nothing that either an ethnic minority, or the self-styled leaders of that minority group, can say or do that could be construed as racist.
Therefore, Harawira has given himself permission to freely rail against raping, pillaging white mother f***ers, and rednecks who he claims want to kill him, and was quite happy to call former Australian Prime Minister John Howard “a racist bastard imposing racist policies”.
The usual definition of racism appears in the Concise Oxford Dictionary definition, which says that racism is “the theory that human abilities are determined by race”. That dictionary defines racialism as the “belief in the superiority of a particular race” and as “antagonism between different races”.
Racist, racialist, or not, how would you rate Harawira?