Sometimes there are headlines you simply don’t want to write. The above is one of them.
So in case you missed the news yesterday, Aussie retail giant Woolworths found themselves in some strife after Greens MP Adam Bandt uploaded a photo to Facebook of a singlet that the chain was currently retailing.
Woolies has since issued the following statement:
The singlet was not one we ordered. The sentiment expressed on the singlet does not reflect the views of Woolworths. Woolworths has a policy of ‘Doing the Right Thing’ which means we believe in fostering an environment where everyone is treated with dignity, courtesy and respect.
See, this is a slogan that has divided Australian’s for years. And if you fall into the camp which is sees it as a pretty gross demonstration of xenophobia, then you’ll be pretty unhappy with the fact that 2GB radio were today running a competition that allowed ‘lucky’ listeners to score one of said singlets. It’s not a joke. As much as I really, really, really wish it was.
Now, I attended High School near Cronulla during the time when a certain set of riots took place. I remember the ‘patriotic’ slogan people used to throw around a lot. I remember these singlets literally flying off the shelves. I also remember what happened after.
Racial intolerance is not a joke.It’s a severe problem this country is faced with, and instead of building to eliminate the bigotry, and the culture of casual racism that is so rife within the community, we have major metropolitan radio stations pulling shit like this.
It’s not a matter of national pride. It’s bigotry and xenophobia. It’s happening at a time when our country is failing to observe even the most basic of human rights to those who need help the most.
To see this slogan still doing the rounds is as disappointing as it is rage-inducing. To see a major radio station mounting a promotional giveaway of them? It’s absolutely putrid.
Feature Image: Facebook – Adam Bandt.