In an act of unprecedented temerity, students of Auckland University decided to form a European Student’s Association. “So what?”, you might rightly ask. Other student groups, including Maori, Pacific Island, and various Asian cultures, have student groups aimed at celebrating their culture and heritage. Why would there not be a place for a European student’s association, with all ten members?
One day later, and following some very irresponsible journalism on the part of various mainstream outlets, the nascent association found itself amidst a storm of controversy. It was said that students’ were ‘made uncomfortable’ by the association. There were outright accusations of white supremacist overtones. A picture of Captain Cook (!) and some (gasp) gothic lettering had been part of the promotional material. The University of Auckland, with a palpable tinge of regret, announced that it would not ban the group, but only because it doesn’t have the power. The Auckland University Student’s Association (AUSA) denounced the group citing the concerns of snowflakes everywhere. It was point and screech city, and the involvement of major newspapers was testament to the bias inherent in such publications. The Race Relations Conciliator has promised to ‘keep an eye’ on the group, and you can bet that the government’s spooks in the GCSB have been tasked with doing exactly that. One wonders why we pay someone big bucks to ‘conciliate’ who merely throws fuel on the fire of racial hatred towards those of European heritage. Meanwhile, Ahmed from the coffee shop has managed to sneak off to Syria without anyone noticing, and we can’t be sure that anyone will notice when he sneaks back.
The group hit back, saying that if British and European culture offends you, you’ll just have to be offended, and pointed to a ‘gross misunderstanding’ of the group’s stated purpose, which is to celebrate its culture. Threats of violence rolled in over the course of the day via Facebook, some of which are now in the hands of police.
Not only is it a gross misunderstanding, it is a deliberate one. When a group on campus conceived to promote the culture of Hong Kong students holds an event, nobody is worried. The question of whether this is a promotion of Hong Kong supremacy is not asked, for the simple reason that even asking such a question is grossly out of place.
No, this is not a misunderstanding. It is not a mistake made by people who thought it was a Neo-Nazi group. Nobody actually thought that. Nobody looked at the promotional material for a stall at orientation week and genuinely wondered whether this was a right wing hate group. What happened is that people have been given the message, by the media and by the organs of government, that they can get away with attacking European students and will not be held to account. That they can threaten and intimidate people, because of their membership of a particular racial group. The University knows very well that these students’ rights to assemble and celebrate and promote their culture is under threat, and needs to be actively protected, but instead regretfully lamented their inability to ban the association.
This comes hot on the heels of calls for ‘hate crime’ legislation. A Muslim woman was verbally abused in Huntly, and the incident was caught on camera. Despite the fact that the woman doing the abusing was Maori, Green MP Catherine Delahunty tweeted that ‘white racism’ was a problem in New Zealand.
I know many people in this country and abroad. Many have not yet had the red pill, and many actively resist it. Yet this story has had an astonishing galvanising effect. People of all races, ages, walks of life and backgrounds have commented to me that this vilification of a group practicing and celebrating their culture disgusts them. This has been a great misstep for the left, an accidental declaration of outright war against European culture, freedom of association, and freedom of opinion in our country, and there are few who do not see it in that light.
Many have asked me why the mainstream media would push such a narrative. The answer to this, like the answer to so many questions, lies in the fact that the dying media seeks sensation. A group of students celebrating culture is not a story that’s going to earn a lot of clicks. A story of Neo-Nazis in our midst is going to gain some attention. In the short term, this strategy might work. In the longer term, it is plainly suicidal: NOBODY believes the story, even those snowflakes wishing to flex political muscles by banning all the things. Nobody believes that the AUESA are Neo-Nazis. Nobody believes that the race relations conciliator needs to waste her time ‘keeping an eye on them’. That the mainstream media prints what everyone can recognise as a thin tissue of lies does them no good in the longer term: the bias, the deliberate misrepresentation are so obvious that people begin to wonder what else in this publication can be trusted? What else that Dame Susan Devoy says is rubbish? (quite a lot, actually, she tried to ban Christmas a couple of years ago).
There is a parallel here between this story and the attacks by the Washington post on Pewdiepie. For those of you living under a rock for the last fifteen years, Pewdiepie is Youtube’s biggest channel. 18 months ago, the idea of Pewdiepie devoting a lot of time to promoting free speech would have seemed unlikely, but then the attacks came: Pewdiepie was accused of being a Neo-Nazi by the Washington post. A media organisation with an impact factor less than a tenth of Pewdiepie’s 12.5 million daily views (which are mainly from teenagers) attacked Pewdiepie as a Neo-Nazi – then offered him a ‘platform’ to respond. Why would they do this? It’s not true, it’s not ethical, and it’s not fair, so why do it? Most likely, the answer lies in the numbers: if you put the word Pewdiepie in your headlines, it will show up in a lot of people’s Google searches. Then you need something salacious to draw the person in, to hopefully click on your bait and generate traffic. This is the level that they are operating at now – just go over to the BBC website and check out all of the ‘what these stars look like now is AMAZING’ and ‘five foods to NEVER eat’ all over the pages of an organisation that promotes itself as a trusted source of news.
Unfortunately for the gutter press of New Zealand, the gambit is all too transparent. The relevance of very fake news is fading fast, and these are its death throes. Some students in the club may have been scared off doing their stall, but a greater number have been awoken to the fact that their society is at war with itself. The enemy has come out of the shadows and made itself obvious: it is also obvious whose side you must be on – the side of truth and tolerance and celebration of all cultures, or the side of lying SJWs tilting at windmills in the form of non-existent Nazi straw men. Most people won’t have difficulty choosing.
In talking to people about this problem, I have heard many times that the silence of politicians on the issue is particularly concerning. I believe that this indicates that there is a large political space that is currently totally unoccupied in New Zealand – the whole space right of Jeremy Corbyn. Although the National Party would like to claim that space, its silence in defence of the rights of students to assemble and celebrate as they wish makes them complicit with the very worst of the SJW brigade. Cowed into silence, they make themselves useless to all those interested in truth and freedom. And perhaps to my surprise, there are a greater number of those people beginning to show themselves than I had previously thought possible.
I have no doubt that this force to counter the globalist media is organising itself as we speak, and I also have no doubt that it will be more popular and powerful than the media would like to believe. I anticipate that whoever puts up their hand to be that group will suffer many slings and arrows – but now Kiwis know that the mainstream press doesn’t know the difference between a student’s cultural group and a gang of Neo-Nazis, I rather think that these inevitable insults will carry a lot less sting than the gutter press would like.