Wow. Australia has the same unthinking conservative dimwits we have over here. It’s like we’re sister countries or something. Of course, we also have some of the same thoughtful people of conscience, like Harper Nielsen.
Harper Nielsen, who lives in the state of Queensland, told CNN affiliate Nine News she sat during her country’s national anthem because she believed it was disrespectful to Indigenous Australians.
The anthem, titled “Advance Australia Fair,” …
Hold on a minute, I did not know the name of your national anthem.”Advance Australia Fair“? Unless the song is about promoting a seasonal carnival with farmers showing off their prize sheep, that title alone is stunningly racist. So racist that a 9-year-old school kid noticed. At least we Americans have the excuse that no one ever sang the third stanza of our national anthem, but you put the bigotry right up there in the title.
A plain-spoken people, those Australians.
… contains the line “Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free.”
“(But) when it says Advance Australia Fair, it means advance the white people,” the 9-year-old student told Nine News.
“And when it says ‘we are young’ it completely disregards the indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years.”
She seems like a thoughtful, principled young lady. Good for her. A healthy democracy thrives on an intelligent, informed citizenry that constantly questions and works to improve society.
9 YEAR OLD REFUSES TO STAND FOR NATIONAL ANTHEM
"Good on the school for trying to instill the respect for our National anthem and pride in our country." @PaulineHansonOz
— Pauline Hanson 🇦🇺 (@PaulineHansonOz) September 12, 2018
This craven politician wants to “give her a kick up the backside” and have her expelled from school? And claims Harper Neilsen has been brainwashed? You know what’s brainwashing: it’s have repetitive patriotic platitudes recited at you every day, and being force to participate in mindless rituals. Hanson claims it’s “about who we are”. OK. You have a choice. You can be like Harper Neilsen and think about what it means to be a conscientious citizen of your nation, or you can be like Pauline Hanson and demand servile, thoughtless obedience to dogmatic loyalty oaths.
If you choose the latter, you get the bonus of being able to beat up little girls. This may appeal to many people, unfortunately.