posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 11:11 PM
SUPERMARKET chain Aldi has announced it will remove a range of t-shirt designs after copping backlash over advertising "inflammatory" and
culturally insensitive Australia Day shirts in its latest catalogue and online.
Users on social media called for the shirts, designed with a slogan that reads "Australia est. 1788", to be pulled from stores after deeming it
The shirts are advertised on the Aldi website and through its catalogue.
While the First Fleet landed in Australia in 1788, Australia's indigenous population have inhabited the land for at least 40,000 years prior. Many
still call Australia Day, Invasion Day. The shirts in question were not yet on sale, but the remainder of the range, without the offending slogan, is
advertised to hit stores on January 11 and "will still be available", according to Aldi's statement.
While the story itself functions as a distraction from more important issues, I just wanted to highlight an example of how the Political Correctness
Movement goes out of its way to locate and 'expose' offense, and incite social division. They of course deny inciting social division, but what else
can we call it when current events are incorrectly associated with events of the past and cause a certain group of people to become filled with
frustration when the situation does not warrant it?
Firstly, the designers of the t-shirt made a factual error - Australia was not established in 1788, it was only officially called the "Commonwealth of
Australia" in 1901. So, the t-shirt should read "Australia est. 1901" to be factually correct.
Secondly, how is it considered "racist and insensitive" to identify the date a country was established with an official name? Nobody is disputing that
indigenous Australians lived there for thousands of years prior, but they did not have the landmass officially named and recognised by the
international community at the time.
Thirdly, people tend to forget that recorded
history only traces back so far. We do not know the true origins and resulting events of this
edit on 7/1/2014 by Dark Ghost because: formatting