Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 6. 1964.
Dear Sir,—Cecil J. Sodom should confine his efforts to the activities which his surname is suggestive of rather than affront Salient readers with his peurile, muddled and childish observations. His hollow cynicism and pseudo-intellectualism really irritates. Is he really as unintelligent as his article would lead us to believe? it is a hopeless hotch-potch of superficial rationalisation.
Sodom carries his "brown brother" complex too far. So "Kiwis" are "miserable little white supremists" (how condescending this great, mind is) merely because the great majority of us saw the act of digging up the cricket pitch for what it was, the impetuous and vandal act act of a woolly-minded group who had nothing better to do with their time. (The word "vandal" was emphasised also by The Evening Post not because it is emotive as Sodom bleatingly suggests but purely because it factually describes their action).
Years of labour go into the careful preparation of a good cricket pitch. The South African cricket team were not politicians and much of the enjoyment of this important sporting occasion was spoilt for many thousands of people.
Those responsible must have seen in retrospect that their action did far more harm than good to the cause which they purportedly stood for, yet they have made since, pathetic attempts to justify their selfish act.
Sodom speaks of the scruffy individual who had "the guts" to express approval of the deed. May I suggest the substitution of the word "stupidity" for the word "guts"?
The Bantu people I am sure would be equally as unimpressed by this futile and pitiful method of protest as the majority of New Zealanders were.
The protest could have been far more effectively channelled in other directions.
Grow up Cecil!
L. H. A. Wiles