when you have nobody 'Professors' like Leonie Pihama, Director of the Te Kotahi Research Institute at Waikato University, arguing that the colonization of New Zealand was an act of genocide against Maori. World Jewry might have a view about that.
No matter the reality that up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (and a bit beyond) Maori were adept in the form and practise of inter-tribal genocide with mass killing, the taking of slaves and more than a tad of cannibalization the norm ... not to condemn it, that's the way it was.
Pihama compounds her twisted view of Maori society by arguing that the abuse of children by Maori can be directly attributed to the effects of colonization. That's a bit like saying guns not people kill people. The simple reality is that people of all races and cultures bash their kids ... it's just that Maori and Pacific Islanders have a certain propensity to do it harder and more often.
None of it is acceptable and certainly Pihama does herself and Maoridom no great service by attempting to legitimize such behavior as someone else's fault.
She's offering up a 'Get out of Jail' for conscience card where no such card exists.
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