Re the comments, and a couple of emails, of course I believe in unfettered free speech: I never took this as a free speech issue, no one has been asking for a law change to ban cartoons! The issue here was is this cartoon racist. For me the further issue is the breakfast in schools program that is growing dependence and the welfare/surveillance state.
That'll teach me. The answer to the first part is below: and I simply needed to rearrange the words in my first paragraph to find it. A wise man, or in this case, woman, might even conclude a bit of ... let's say a lapse, rather than rank stupidity on my behalf.
@mokai77 @jcelaw Thank you. A valid argument, finally, that I can understand. We are all individuals, not defined by a group. 1/2
— Mark Hubbard (@MarkHubbard33) May 30, 2013
I was going to take this post down, but that would be somehow cowardly, plus across 160 posts, I'm allowed to err this once :) And related, the way this debate was framed in the MSM, and via too many journos on Twitter, I wonder how many did in fact get it, because until Gina, I was only getting single word denunciations of my proposition, that is, no explanation? Plus the issue also stupidly devolved into another 'get Devoy' agenda on Twitter, which is counter productive as it takes the mind from the issue that matters - why, in New Zealand, 2013, is any child being sent to school hungry. Per my blog above, the second part, my answer is different to what the Left imputes (erroneously).
And anyway, that said, my post was also deliberately written to throw a second rotten egg into the debate on racism and this cartoon, but in a manner than could not put the yoke back on me, because it is deeply uncomfortable - that issue's still there, regardless of the above explanation, in those two questions, and the content of the Campbell Live Clip: but for once, I'm not going there - and no one else can, there is no data. Political commentator, Bryce Edwards, points to this again in his summation of this post on his political round-up: see update two following.
For the record, yes, this cartoon is racist. And we'll put this down to the clumsiest post I've written.
Marvellous: my clumsiest post to date, and I finally make Bryce Edwards Political Roundup :) The lot of a blogger.
Libertarian blogger Mark Hubbard argues that 'the sentiment of the cartoon might well be offensive, but the accusation is Nisbet is racist because he has only shown Maori in the cartoon', and this is unwarranted because clearly many of those using food in schools are indeed non-Pakeha, as evidence by a TV clip - see: Is Campbell Live Racist? ... That Al Nisbet Cartoon.