Where is the line between patriotism and racism? 148

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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?

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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  1. I don’t support offensive slogans on tshirts, that is totally unnecessary. Australia Day is us celebrating being Australian, our home our lives our country. Just as others celebrate their national days and not just in their own countries but here also. Chinese new Year, Sangran(Thai) too many too mention. When overseas we must respect and tolerate their customs so I don’t see the problem with expecting the same here in our own land. Good grief the Thai water festival is a real shock to the average tourist and when I expressed concern I was told to stay in my room. Grow up people. Celebrate don’t hate and if you cant join in then stay in yr room.

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    • That’s not what we object to. Go read the Quran. Get an education on what they do, what they want to do and I certainly don’t support pedophiles, rapists, etc…..

  2. Since most of the T-shirts are made in China, we wont be buying any. But our Australian flag, manufactured by Carroll and Richardson in Melbourne, will be displayed, as it normally is.

  3. I think it is time that we moved Australia Day from 26 January to start. It is not the day that Australia started, it is the day that ships arrived from England, without visas or passports to enter, and created the penal colony of NSW on land belonging to someone else. Far more appropriate dates could be selected such as Federation Day or 27 May the date of the 1967 referendum or 10 August – the date in 1967 that the change to the constitution was given royal assent.

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