Race Relations Commissioner calls Shane Jones comments racist

Ryan Bridge 26/11/2019

Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon has told Magic Talk Drive host Ryan Bridge that comments about the Indian community made by Shane Jones were racist.

The Commissioner made the remarks in an interview regarding English cricketer Jofra Archer tweeting about racial insults he heard levelled at him during the game at Mount Maunganui’s Bay Oval.

Ryan begins the interview by asking for Foon’s reaction to the cricketer’s claim, he responds by saying the allegations are shocking, “utterly disgusting”.

He goes on to say that in cases such as these the offenders ought to be banned for life from attending future games in New Zealand.

Asked if the commissioner was getting involved in this incident he told Ryan that is a complaint is made they will get involved but as yet no complaint has been made.

When Ryan asks about the culpability of bystanders for not speaking up Meng Foon does agree that people in general need to speak up more resolutely against racism.

If anybody knows this person please sing out, don’t stand by in silence.

The interview then moves to comments made by Shane Jones aimed at the Inidan community as Ryan asks the Commissioner for his reaction.

Meng tells Ryan that Jones’ comments were, “appalling behaviour from a leader, we expect better behaviour from a leader in the community, especially politicians.”

He advises that politicians would do well to stick to policies, and condemned Jones’ comments as racist.

Foon stopped short of calling for the Minister to step down from Cabinet saying that would be a personal decision to be made by Jones.

You can watch the full interview above.