An Auckland meat worker, Kukyi Tupuanga, was fired for allegedly making “racist” comments.
Specifically, he made numerous insulting and threatening remarks about Islam to an Islamic halal co‑worker and on the evidence deserved to be booted. Tupuanga openly admitted to the abuse and threats of violence charges but rightly took umbrage at the racism assertion. Employment Authority member Vicki Campbell was quoted, “While a meat works is a robust environment I find Mr Tupuanga’s comments and conduct was capable of being regarded as serious misconduct.”
Fair enough, but then Vicki Campbell made a world‑class ass of herself by adding Tupuanga’s anti‑Muslim comments were “racially offensive”.
So there you have it. This woman is evidently under the impression that Islam is a race. Given the publicity accorded this case Vicki Campbell owes Tupuanga an apology, failing which he should sue her. I’d happily pay his legal fees as I’m thoroughly fed up with the constant mis‑use of this word.
Is there currently any greater abused term than “Racism”. Jaywalk and one will be accused of racism for delaying an Indian taxi driver.