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Who is in black hats now?

When I was a kid in Timaru, we used to go to the “bughouse” pictures on a Saturday and would cheer for the white hat cowboys, who normally represented truth, justice and the American way, and boo at the black hat cowboys, who were at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.

I read Wally Te Ua’s recent letter with interest and particularly note the way various words carry positive or negative values with them. This tends to create, at least an illusion, of a white hat/black hat scenario, with guess who wearing the black hats?

“Picking up scraps from under the white man’s table”, I thought a little over the top for 2019.

I am bemused by the final quotation, “Mene mene tekel upharsin”. Uncle Google tells me “the writing on the wall, interpreted by Daniel to mean that God had weighed Belshazzar and his kingdom, had found them wanting, and would destroy them”. It’s a long time since I frequented Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Timaru and therefore my scripture is a mite rusty. If I have got it wrong, I apologise.

I sincerely hope that my expressed opinion does not cast me into that special corner of hell, reserved for right wing, scaremongering racists.

Ron Taylor