Where is the line between patriotism and racism?

Most people love to celebrate our national holiday, Australia Day. Patriotism is at its peak as people of all ages dress up, celebrate, dance, sing and speak like a “bogan.” But where is the line drawn between patriotism and racism?

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Shirts emblazoned with slogans such as “If you don’t love it, then leave it” and “F**k off, we’re full” are worn with pride by our youths and have caused serious controversy among Australians everywhere. Retailers including ALDI and ICE have had products retracted from the shelves this year after slogans were considered inappropriate and offensive.

With such a social push to be more “politically, ethically and emotionally correct,” where is the line between patriotism and racisms and why is it so blurred?


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