New Zealand’s media is flat out at the moment bemoaning expressions of unapproved views on social media. “Why are they so hateful” they whine. Well, yes, why is there so much discontent, and although there’s no accounting for some of the really venomous opinions, its strange how the left seem so ignorant of the simple concept of “backlash”.
The laws of physics state every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So when politicians act to do things that annoy people, those people react, and express their anger or disappointment. Often posting comment on the internet is the only way they can do that.
In particular media are concerned with animosity towards the Muslim community. The fact that this animosity exists is perhaps a shame, but it should be no surprise. It represents a backlash from other New Zealanders who feel aggrieved by certain acts of the govt, and rightly or wrongly, these upset people perceive Muslims as playing a large part in driving the issues that annoy them.
For example the gun buy back scheme caused a lot of resentment in the community, and has been shown to be a useless exercise anyway with gun related crime today higher than it has ever been. Taxpayers were robbed of millions to pay for this silly stupid idea, and many see Muslims as the drivers. Of course it was really Jacinda Ardern, but you can’t blame people for failing to make this distinction when Ardern herself has so many times publicly stated that the Christchurch attack was why it needed to be done. (Self serving rubbish from Ardern of course, that only serves to anger people more.)
Another example following the same pattern is attacks on liberty and freedom of expression as threatened by hate crime and hate speech legislation. These laws will have an even worse impact upon our society than the gun buyback, and will create much more of the same kind of resentment. Muslims (only 1.3% of the population) will suffer a backlash again because they are rightly perceived as drivers of these unpopular law changes.
Another driver has been the far left’s opportunistic strategy of gaslighting on “white supremacy”. Reasoning people know this is no real threat, especially when compared to the scale of Islamic terror, but many of us have suffered unfair discrimination as a result of the left’s hyperbole on this issue, and once again there is resentment.
There are other examples in the pipeline. Attacks on internet freedom. Sites being blocked and social media being monitored by special police units reminiscent of the East German Stasi. A gun registration system is being put in place, another stupid and costly idea that like the buyback will have no effect on gun crime. Once again, when they happen, the man in the street is going to see Muslims as the main driver of these annoying initiatives.
So to get back to the start, the concept of backlash is nothing new, yet all of these irritating initiatives have been hurriedly implemented apparently without a thought to its existence. The Christchurch shootings were the catalyst for a lot of changes in New Zealand society, but many of these changes are seen as unnecessary or just plain wrong, and given most of these things are being done for the spurious cause of “making Muslims feel safe” its not unexpected that they would bear the brunt of public discontent, or as it has often been described in the past, a backlash.