Mean­ings can change

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Can we have an end to illinformed dog­ma­tism about what the word Pakeha means.

Mean­ings change, and the word Pakeha means what we Pakeha make it mean.

If it has a bad mean­ing, we should look to our­selves and how we be­have to­wards other races.

Peo­ple who say, ‘‘We are all New Zealan­ders (and I am that and noth­ing else)’’, el­e­vate their own – usu­ally Pakeha – eth­nic­ity to the norm, ‘‘plain’’, ‘‘vanilla’’ stan­dard model New Zealan­der, from whom all oth­ers de­vi­ate, be­cause the oth­ers then have to call them­selves ‘‘Maori New Zealan­ders’’, ‘‘Chi­nese New Zealan­ders’’ etc, to keep their own, not-so-priv­i­leged, iden­tity.

It is as if Ford cars were just

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