A woman has been found guilty of racially abusing her New Zealand-born neighbour – by calling her an Australian.
Petra Mills called Chelsea O’Reilly a ‘stupid fat Australian’ during a drunken tirade outside her home.
Miss O’Reilly, 21, who has dual British and New Zealand nationality, told magistrates: ‘She called me a stupid fat Australian b****. Because of my accent there can be some confusion over my nationality. ‘She knew I was from New Zealand. She was trying to be offensive. I was really insulted.’
...chairman of the magistrates bench, Brian Donohue... ...told Mills: ‘You were in an emotional and inebriated state. The word “Australian” was used. It was racially aggravated.’
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Originally posted by charles1952
I read the article, and am a little confused. Would it have been acceptable to call her "a stupid, fat artichoke?"
Is New Zealand home to a different race? Is every nation its own race? They both look white, European. What am I missing?