||Issue No. 180||30 May 2003|
Interview: Staying Alive
Bad Boss: The Ultimate Piss Off
Industrial: Last Drinks
National Focus: Around the States
Politics: Radical Surgery
Education: The Price of Missing Out
Legal: If At First You Don't Succeed
History: Massive Attack
Culture: What's Right
Review: If He Should Fall
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Satire: IMF Ensures Iraq Institutes Market Based Looting
The Locker Room
Unions Deserve Reputation
Letters to the Editor
Language Most Foul
Even though I am an uneducated person , I agree with P Kennedy in relation to the foul language , that is why I have chosen not to respond any of the opinions expressed in that manner.
The complaints by P Kennedy "Bad Language" issue 179 brought back many unhappy memories of my childhood in the 1950's and 60's and the beatings for speaking in a tongue incomprehensible to the pakeha thieves of our land who lived in large homes built on our land while we lived in tree fern huts living on mutton flaps , puha , dandelion leaves and rewena pararoa.
I and my Brothers and Sisters who were raised by our Grandmother who only spoke Maori, were beaten for speaking our own language and then beaten for using the words we learned from the children of the riff raff European thieves of our land.
Words are nothing more than a learned code, devised to communicate.
Sadly like every thing else the racist Anglo Celt touches language has also become a weapon with which to self righteously intimidate or used to steal through the ambiguity of the words in their language , and this pompous claim to offence is nothing more than another attempt at claiming the high moral ground while committing an act of bastardry . In this case, the condemnation of others, because of an obvious lack of language skills.
Did P Kennedy condemn the suggestions of violence?
It was this very manipulation , restriction , misinterpretation and deliberate deception in 1840 , that tricked some New Zealand iwi into agreeing to the Treaty of Waitangi , an agreement which the invader had no intention keeping , and has until this day abrogated their responsibilities through a manipulation of the language.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 19 enshrines the right to freedom of expression, P Kennedy appears to desire to restrict this right, only to those that use phraseology that complies with their personal values, it is censorship such as this that creates disharmony and War.
If in a world full of disposed people a few harsh words causes such grief, then you certainly have a satisfying life, and in all probability at the expense of the indigenous Australians whom you have dispossessed of their land, language and self esteem without even the integrity to educate them to enable a full and satisfying interaction with the invader.
I have only one thing to say to about the clumsy attempts at blackmail by P. Kennedy who is either an invader, a Descendant of an invader or kupapa ...
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