"Kia ora," although the term was used once as a racist term against people of colour by white people and was also known as a racist term against Maori by Pakeha (White man). Why would we be called uninformed or ignorant because we don't accept the white origin of the word?
It's difficult to be in a position where we are the ones subjected to the racism through use of the word by white people and never be able to do anything about it. Please help me understand. In New Zealand, we have a race relations commissioner who has used the term to call a spade a spade as her best attribute for the role of race relations with the Human Rights Commission. She has made many racist statements about the Maori and black South Africans through her lack of knowledge about Apartheid and Maori history. And this is accepted. Why?
As Maori, why use terms that we have always known are racist, regardless of the history of the word "spade." It's the history of the oppressor who uses it against us, no matter how small the event was that made it a racist slight.
For all those who suffer racism at the hands of white people, there will never be any justice if we are forced to accept the white man's version of history. "He tino pouri ahau, he tini nga roimata o Ranginui nga marae oku tupuna." My sadness rains over me like the tears of my sky father to wash the pain of my ancestors. Please help me understand.