Jack and Aston Martin V8 Vantage Monaco street signs
Jack Yan: the Persuader blog
  Click here to go to home pageWhat I stand forMy stuffWhat others have recently saidMeet some of the coolest folks I knowDrop me a line Visit my workplace
> My stuff > The Persuader Blog


Racist emails are bound to backfire 

Flickr photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/disco62/A shocking series of racist emails attacking job applicant Julie Eru, living on the Auckland North Shore, which have been traced back to a -run company called Brightstar, has been exposed on 3 News.
   It was generally agreed by Brightstar that their computers had been and a police report has been filed.
   The boss of Brightstar has limited English so we can easily rule him out as being the writer of these messages, which point to a native English speaker.
   The question was raised in the report, ‘But why would a hacker attack a small business in East Tamaki?’
   I would have thought the answer very easy. The hacker is a racist.
   I said not long ago on the blogosphere that those who make accusations of racism so readily, as the writer of these offensive emails does, are usually racists themselves. It’s an easy explanation, because someone who is not a racist would naturally think of other explanations or, in the case of a hacker, other insults, first.
   In fact, my own mind wouldn’t have turned to this explanation either, if it had not been for the “inspiration” the writer of the emails had given me.
   Their motivation is to make an , in this case, Chinese, company look bad, and to create a rift between Chinese and .
   It was a failed attempt, trying to revive the sort of irrelevant muck that yesterday’s politician, Winston Peters, specialized in.
   It’s less disgusting than the attempts by racist groups some years ago of simultaneously desecrating Jewish gravestones and sending pork to Muslim families, but the ideas are similar.
   That time, we could rule out the perpetrators being Jewish or Islamic; this time, we can rule out the hacker being either Chinese or .
   The net effect of the racists’ actions last time was making our country look bad, so we can call them unpatriotic, too.
   That time, too, it brought Jews and Muslims closer together in New Zealand; this time, I can only hope that both Chinese and Māori, who have both experienced , either as immigrants or in our own homeland, can come closer together, too.
   It’s not as though our peoples have any tension between us: our cultures have similar roots, so whomever decided to use the racist tack isn’t terribly smart, either.
   We can surmise that the hacker is prejudiced and thick, which is a laughable combination of talents.
Post a Comment  Links to this post

Comments: Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link




Entries from 2006 to the end of 2009 were done on the Blogger service. As of January 1, 2010, this blog has shifted to a Wordpress installation, with the latest posts here.
   With Blogger ceasing to support FTP publishing on May 1, I have decided to turn these older pages in to an archive, so you will no longer be able to enter comments. However, you can comment on entries posted after January 1, 2010.

Quick links

Surf to the online edition of Lucire
  • More ramblings at the Lucire Insider blog
  • The Medinge Group
  • Jack Yan for Mayor
  • My Facebook page
  • Follow me on Twitter
  • My Vkontakte page
  • Book me for public speaking
  • Contact JY&A Consulting on business projects
  • Check out fonts from JY&A Fonts
  • Add feeds

    Add feed to Bloglines

    Individual JY&A and Medinge Group blogs

  • Lucire: Insider
  • Summer Rayne Oakes
  • The Medinge Group press room
  • Detective Marketing
  • Amanda van Kuppevelt
  • Delineate Brandhouse
  • Paolo Vanossi
  • Nigel Dunn
  • Pameladevi Govinda
  • Endless Road
  • Avidiva news
  • Johnnie Moore’s Weblog
  • Steal This Brand Too
  • The Beyond Branding Blog
  • Ton’s Interdependent Thoughts
  • Partum Intelligendo
  • Right Side up
  • Headshift
  • Goiaba Brazilian Music
  • Jack Yan on Tumblr (brief addenda)

  • +

    Previous posts

  • Walter Cronkite deserves today’s praise
  • Check your Facebook settings: your face may be sel...
  • Recommended business and marketing books for 2009 ...
  • Is New Zealand Post now in the spam business?
  • Using the internet to reward safe driving
  • Lucire reveals the all-new Jaguar XJ with first offi...
  • In memoriam: Colin Morley
  • Has Twitter blocked Mrs Slocombe’s pussy?
  • Choosing to remember Michael Jackson
  • Twitter ratio update, June 2009

  • Donate

    If you wish to help with my hosting costs, please feel free to donate.