In our all-inclusive culture, we are told that we are to make every celebration as multicultural as possible. So, when we celebrate Christmas, we should do it in such a way that atheists and Muslims would feel comfortable taking part.
As stupid as that sounds, there is something that is just as dumb. If you celebrate a historical event, you should do so without mentioning the event. Like not mentioning the defeat of the British during Independence day.
So, this means that if you are Australian of European descent, the holiday “Australia Day” is not what it used to be.
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Heat Street reports
A senior staff member at one of Australia’s top universities has advised colleagues not to celebrate “the arrival of European culture” on Australia Day because it could be “deeply offensive” to minority groups.
Murrup Barak, head of the indigenous development institute at Melbourne University, posted his message on a staff notice board ahead of the country’s national holiday tomorrow (January 26).
Australia Day marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip.
So, this holiday is to celebrate the arrival of Britain in Australia and the raising of the British flag in Sydney, but do not mention those events. This might make others sad.
Heat Street continues
In his message, Barak warned staff to “be respectful and inclusive” when celebrating, adding that the day has “complex meaning” for Australia’s indigenous people.
He wrote: “For some our national day is associated with thoughts of mourning, struggle, and survival. Remember when planning events or engaging with social media: images and words celebrating the arrival of European culture and people can be deeply offensive to many.”
But, wait. Is this only to celebrate the conquest of these peoples? Was there nothing good brought to Australia by the British? Of course, there was. The Brits brought technology, being over a thousand years more advanced in medicine and health care. They brought concepts of freedom and justice (granted, they took over a hundred years to extend these in an equal manner to the indigenous people).
This goes back to the idea that the indigenous people would have been better left to themselves. More likely, they would not be left at all considering the diseases cured and food advancements made.
But that doesn’t fit their paradigm.