Black person here! So I’ve been in NZ for a little over 2.5yrs. I live in a smallish town, but not super small. I love it here. I feel safe here. I do not experience racism anywhere near what I experienced in the US. I have said so many times that here I can move through the world like a regular human being. I am just a person. No one is looking at me assuming I am something I am not before I get to even speak. It is refreshing. It is peaceful. It is a freedom I have never known and I am never going back to what I lived before.
As said above, there is racism here. But in regards to black people, Kiwis don’t really know the lies and stereotypes, so there aren’t a lot of presumptions. I have encountered people who, you can tell, are shocked that I am their clinician, but there’s no hatred and vitriol behind their eyes. In the US, so many of my patients just gave me the hardest time. They were awful. Kiwis are curious and friendly. None of them have continued to be standoffish after chatting with me. None. Not a single one in 2.5yrs.
I did not expect there to be no racism because that’s all I’ve ever known. But I was pleasantly surprised. Moving here turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made for myself.
It’s not perfect. But it is soooooooooooooo much better. I hope you can join us soon!