What Māori academics miss in their trashing of Labour’s vaccination program & why poverty matters more than race

One of the problems many Māori and Public Health academics have had with Labour’s 90% vaccination plan is that Labour didn’t vaccinate Māori first and that the Māori Labour caucus didn’t push hard enough to force this issue.

Could you imagine what would happen if the Māori Caucus demanded all Māori get vaccinated first?

Can you imagine the nuclear explosion from pakeha being told their family members dying from Covid is acceptable because we have to vaccinate Māori first?

The NZ Herald would print maps of Labour MPs homes with recipes for Molotov Cocktails alongside while Mike Hosking would actually orgasm live on air.

If the Māori Labour Caucus had implemented the demands of the Māori Party, the Academics and the woke, they would have sparked an insurrection from the Right that would have triggered race riots.

The Māori Labour Caucus saved NZ.

Sometimes politics does trump strict public health focus.

High vaccination rates, low hospitalization rates, low mortality rates alongside revolutionary new treatments are working!

The Māori Party described Labour’s policy as ‘modern genocide’ and that it was designed to be a ‘Squid Game’ murder Disneyland. Those screaming Jacinda’s plan amounts to a modern genocide of Māori best be hoping there is a vast tsunami of death coming – I mean, Labour’s ‘genocide’ hasn’t reached triple figures yet, that seems a very, very, very small genocide.

This has become a race issue when it’s a class issue.

Right now there are 159, 810 Māori unvaccinated, 42, 183 Pasifika unvaccinated and a staggering 317, 544 Pakeha who are unvaccinated!

By constantly screaming vaccine hesitancy is a Māori and Pasifica problem, we let 317, 544 Pakeha off the hook!

Yes, proportionately these stats hit Māori hardest, but by allowing that to decide the entire focus of the debate we ignore the far larger numerical problem of those issues impacting poor White families and that allows an escape to scrutinize what’s really happening.

By constantly blaming Māori we can’t see that this is a failure of neoliberalism that cascades across race.

It’s not an identity issue, it’s a class issue!

Beating Covid requires us to beat poverty first.

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