Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Maori Holocaust: sticks and stones may break my bones...

I knew Keri Opai's use of the term 'holocaust' to describe how Taranaki Maori were treated would cause a ruckus.

Similar Jewish complaints followed Tariana Turia's use of holocaust several years ago.

That a recent Herald report repeated the word to describe the horrific killing of a US family seemed to pass without comment, though in that case it was framed as a 'personal holocaust'. Perhaps we have to qualify it with a ethnic epithet, a Polynesia holocaust? a whakapapa holocaust?! A British-colonial holocaust!

Essentially Taranaki still struggle to find the words to articulate what has happened to them...

Berlin Holocaust monument. Source: Daily Telegraph

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