Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31 Number 15, July 9, 1968
Sir—Is P. J. Kelly serious?
Apart from the obvious injurious racial element in his letter, this expression of dist-aste is an inexcusable insult to students who are invited to study in N.Z.
Regardless of what feelings Kelly may have, and considers others to have, advocation of outright segregation is utterly irresponsible.
For a student of three and a half years at Vic. he shows little understanding and appreciation of foreign students as individuals with personalities as varied and diverse as our own. He mistakes the barrier of the English language and culture for arrogance. He shows no conception of the problems that have to be faced by foreign students studying in N.Z. and the tolerance that has to be exercised by them. It is to be conceded that there are some things which both N.Z. and overseas students must put up with in each other; yet the weight is unequally born by the latter. The type of discussion promoted by the letter can do no good whatsoever in cultivating friendly relations between these communities. If we must have discussion let it be constructive!
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