More white NZers kill white NZ children than Maori kill Maori children
Pakeha child abuse ignored - researcher
Pakeha kill just as many children as Maori do, despite Maori being the "face of abuse" in the media, according to a researcher.
Social work lecturer Raema Merchant said focusing on Maori parents diverts attention away from the fact Pakeha can harm children too.
"I'm not denying it's a problem for Maori, but if we're just focusing on Maori we're ignoring the Pakeha side," she said.
"It's almost as though Pakeha are putting their heads in the sand and saying there is no Pakeha child abuse."
Her master's thesis at the Eastern Institute of Technology found about half of the children killed in New Zealand died at the hands of a Pakeha abuser.
I'm sorry, 50% of Kids die at the hands of white NZers, yet the overwhelming media attention and myopic ratings focused presentation of the gruesome details is always on the 30% that are Maori?
You know a News Producers mouth waters when he gets a story of young Maori youth breaking into an old war hero's home and beating him up, stereotypes that concur with a base recognition in the ignorant rates better by playing to the worst angels of our nature than a reasoned approach to news gathering.
Our Public Broadcaster should be resisiting this easy race baiting rather than reinforcing it. In 1984, 40% of the news on TVNZ was politics, after the viewer as consumer restructuring, that had fallen by 1996 to only 20%, with the other 20% now crime stories. If it bleeds, it leads because shock stories about crime gain ratings.
Sadly the introduction of Freeview in 2008 hasn't stopped this trend, in fact it seems to have been a greenlight for TVNZ to push these viewer as consumer buttons much deeper into the 6pm News hour. Two years before Freeview became available on both terrestrial and digital frequencies, in March 2006, crime made up 22% of the news and was featured 29% in the headlines, yet 2 years after Freeview crime stories in March 2010 on the 6pm News made up only 14% of the stories in that month, yet was represented a staggering 35% of the time in the headlines.
Even though news stories as a whole had slumped to 14% in March 2010 on the 6pm One News, it was represented 35% of the time in the headlines. The impact is that the shock value of crime is vastly over represented in the news headlines so the impression left with viewers is one of a mad max post apocalyptic nightmare requiring Dirty Harry to sort out.
The reason there are more white people hurting children is because more white people are impacted by poverty and the stresses that poverty creates. By constantly blaming Maori for child abuse, it ignores that real generators of domestic abuse that poverty contributes to. The casual racist presumptions that are broadcast as the everyday on the mainstream media should be endlessly challenged and never accepted.