Joining Magic Afternoons to discuss the controversy regarding a t-shirt being sold on Trade Me is Stephen Franks of the Free Speech Coalition. He previously served as a List MP for the right-wing ACT New Zealand. He then stood unsuccessfully for the National Party for the 2008 general election.
An unnamed spokesperson from The Human Rights Commision issued this statement on Tuesday, which is the opinion of the Commission on this matter.
“Material of this nature is not likely to meet the high threshold set out in section 61 and section 131 of the Human Rights Act. However, this phrase ["It is OK to be white"] is known to be associated with white supremacist groups around the world. Despite what the advertisements say, it seems likely that the stickers and t-shirts are intended to convey a message of intolerance, racism and division. There is no place for that in New Zealand.”
Stephen Franks explains his concerns for the direction discourse is taking and his fears for free speech in New Zealand.
You can listen to the full interview above.