the front page of the waikato times today is dominated by one story: the plans by the sky city casino to stay open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. and how does the first paragraph of this story start? let me show you:
Hamilton's Sky City Casino will move to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week operation in a move to attract high-spending Asian gamblers.
i don't know about you, but that seems to be a pretty nastily loaded statement. first, it's steeped in the assumption that asian and new zealander are two distinct & separate groups, and that a person couldn't be both at the same time. if they mean international tourists (which i suspect they do), then why don't they just say high-spending international gamblers?
then there's the question of why it would be more palatable for asians to be losing their money than any other race or demographic. to me they seem to be implying that it's ok for those asians to be losing their money because they are less than, i don't know, us kiwis.
it's clearly a statement made to divert attention from the fact that it is the poor and the problem gamblers who are going to be providing the bulk of their business in these extended opening hours. and it is whole families and communities who will end up paying the price. but to so blatantly use race to do is pathetic and of course, racist. here's a big fat raspberry in your direction, sky city.