Remove Shaneel Lal from Rainbow Youth Board for Hate Speech

Remove Shaneel Lal from Rainbow Youth Board for Hate Speech

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The signatories of this petition request that Rainbow Youth NZ Inc. remove Shaneel Lal from their executive board for hate speech and conduct unbecoming of a board member of a charitable organisation.

Rainbow Youth, as a charitable organisation that receives tax exemptions and taxpayer funding has an obligation to comply with the relevant legislation including the Human Rights Act 1993.

By preserving Mx. Lal's position on the governing body, the signatories believe Rainbow Youth is in breach of the Human Rights Act Part 6 - 131(1)

"Every person commits an offence who, with intent to excite hostility or ill-will against, or bring into contempt or ridicule, any group of persons in New Zealand on the ground of the colour, race, or ethnic or national origins of that group of persons,—
(a)
publishes or distributes written matter which is threatening, abusive, or insulting, or broadcasts by means of radio or television words which are threatening, abusive, or insulting
being matter or words likely to excite hostility or ill-will against, or bring into contempt or ridicule, any such group of persons in New Zealand on the ground of the colour, race, or ethnic or national origins of that group of persons."

Shaneel Lal should not be on a board representing, supporting or involved with vulnerable youth who are already marginalized and at high risk for prejudice without this racial bias making them more ostracized and at higher risk of self harm or poor mental health outcomes due to feeling threatened and judged by a racist board member with a hate filled agenda.

As the forums and pages seen in the public sphere Shaneel shows a complete contempt and ridicule of all white people as racists, colonisers and supremacists; and members of the Trans community, calling them animals and other insults. This is likely (and shown to) excite hostility based on the grounds of colour, race or ethnic grounds and as such he should be removed from the board of Rainbow Youth. Calling people “old white queers” or claiming "white queers are beneficiaries of white supremacy" or referring to white people as "c*ackers" along with other racist and hate filled propaganda they post in an effort to excite hostility and ill will is a direct breach of the Human Rights Act. 

If Rainbow Youth continues to support this breach through implied support of Shaneel through their implicit support of their behaviour and exciting of racial hostility and ill will and bringing a group into contempt or ridicule, we ask for their funding to be cut until such time as they meet their expectations under the Human Rights Act 1993.

 

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