July 01, 2020
Te Papa event puts culture lens on Black Lives Matter
Migrant advocacy group Third Culture Minds showing solidarity with anti-police violence protests in the United States by hosting a free after-hours event at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington this evening.
Black Lives Matter: Patua te Kaikiri – A Conversation on Culture will feature a panel discussion with the leaders behind the rally in the capital two weeks ago as well as performances by Raiza Biza, TAPZ, Upper Hutt Posse and King Kapisi.
Co-leader Guled Mire says the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has inspired demonstrations all over the world.
He says New Zealand can't feel complacent about racial issues here.
"The fact that 50 per cent of people in prison are of Māori background, the fact African youths are also highly likely to encounter racial profiling and discrimination from the police, what we are seeing isn't anything that is particularly different if you look at it, and for those that are thinking ''actually we are not that bad,' my question for them is "why do we have to set the bar so low?'" Mr Mire says.
The event starts at 7 pm in the Te Papa foyer.
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