Nobody seems to care whether the comments were true or not. The fact that Maori are greatly over-represented in NZ jails, the fact that most Maori carry the violence gene monoamine oxidase (specifically the AGCCG haplotype, coupled with the 3-repeat allele of MAO-A30bp-rpt) and that the average Maori IQ is 94, are all ignored. But not offending people is the overarching aim these days.
That such an aim is a disastrous dead-end is shown by the American experience. Mention of the low average African IQ has long been verboten there. So what is the outcome? Has the expected racial harmony happened? Far from it. It has just left lots of angry blacks wondering why they do so badly in all sorts of ways. Because they are not told the truth of the matter they believe false explanations which say that their disadvantage is all due to invisible white racism. And they express their anger about that by repeated rioting and widespread destruction in major American cities. Avoiding the truth is a recipe for long-term disaster, nothing else
A major radio network is facing a huge backlash after broadcasting profoundly racist views during a live talk-back show.
A Magic Talk Radio caller in New Zealand described Maori people as 'genetically predisposed to crime, alcohol and under performance educationally' as well as being 'stone-age people' in a highly offensive on-air rant.
Magic Talk presenter John Banks, a former Auckland mayor and MP, didn't stop the rant on Tuesday.
Instead, Banks thanked the man for his call, before saying 'if their (Maori) stone-age culture doesn't change, these people will come through your bathroom window'.
The exchange was posted on social media site TikTok by a horrified listener, before quickly spreading to other social media platforms.
By Wednesday, outraged social media users were petitioning Magic Talk advertisers to pull their support of the station.
Telecommunications giant Vodafone and TradeMe, a major online sales website, responded by saying they would boycott the station.
Magic Talk holds the rights to broadcast Black Caps matches, and New Zealand Cricket also said they were 'disgusted and appalled by an indefensibly racist' exchange.
NZC suggested it could walk away from its ongoing broadcast deal, saying 'should strong action not be taken NZC reserves its right to review its relationship with Magic Talk'.
A third major sponsor, Kiwibank, said it was 'removing our ads from the Magic Talk website and we'll be talking directly with (station owner) MediaWorks on how they could better encourage a diverse and inclusive NZ'.
Following a 30-year political career including two stints as a cabinet minister, Banks is well known in New Zealand for his right-wing views.
Banks, 74, later said he 'wasn't racist' in a grovelling on-air apology, before admitting his views 'could have been misconstrued as racist'.
'I didn't pick it up at the time, here when you're broadcasting, you're talking to producers, you're talking to bosses,' Banks said.
'I spoke to people later in the show who disagreed with the man and I picked it up then, however this wasn't enough to demonstrate that his comments were wrong and racist.'
Magic Talk announced on Wednesday they had since dumped Banks as an on-air presenter.
The show had been discussing Orange Tamariki, New Zealand's Ministry for Children, and its new all-Maori board of advisors.
'The talkback environment can be robust and opinionated, however we recognise comments broadcast yesterday during a call discussing the departure of Oranga Tamariki’s CEO were hurtful,' Magic Talk wrote on Twitter.