Skip to comments.Aldi takes 'Australia Est 1788' T-shirts off shelves after racism complaints
Posted on 01/08/2014 5:24:22 PM PST by Impala64ssa
...Supermarket chain says decision to remove the design followed tweets 'by a limited number of concerned customers'
Aldi has removed T-shirts from its Australia Day range after the supermarket chain was accused of racism.
Aldi advertised shirts which said Australia Est 1788 to go on sale as part of its Australia Day range.
The shirts drew criticism on Twitter where the supermarket was accused of racism for seeming to say Australia was only established after it was colonised in 1788, despite the existence of an Indigenous population before then.
In a statement Aldi Australia said it had decided to remove the T-shirts from retail and they would not go on sale on Saturday as planned.
The decision to remove the Australia Est 1788 design from the range was taken following comments by a limited number of concerned customers, the statement said.
Aldi Australia wants its customers to know it puts the community and their wishes first.
One Twitter user suggested the est be changed to invaded while others urged people to complain to Aldi directly.
The announcement was welcomed by some but angered others who did not believe the T-shirt was offensive.
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Lewis and Clark, et. al. et plenty of dog.
I don’t think it was called “Australia” before that
Someday someone will stand up to this and just say “Shut up, only a racist would even think of such a thing”
Wow. Instant collectors item. I wonder what they are going for on eBay?
I’d want one, except they’re ugly.
Did the indigenous people call it Australia? If not it would be no more racist than proclaiming the USA est. 1776. (Although I feel quite sure there are those who would call that racism as well) face it. They are going to call racism no matter what you do, so why let it bother you?
But Australia was established then. Before then, it wasn't Australia. It was a bunch of unaffiliated tribes, probably headhunters like the chaps next door in New Guinea, with names like Billabong and Didgeridoo.
Are the "more aboriginal than thou" whiners now claiming to be Australian? I'm so confused. I thought they rejected the European colonization and name because of their superior mud culture.
This is more like saying "America, est. 1492" (or 1607 or 1620).
As we see every Columbus Day or Thanksgiving, yes, there are people who would call that racist.
1776? Maybe we're headed to the point where that will be seen as racist as well, but we're not quite there yet.
Much like our own Indians, if the “indigenous population” had better border controls and a bigger defense budget they’d still be in charge!
If I remember right when the Wintered on or near the Pacific Coast, they had an unlimited supply of salmon but preferred dog meat.
Strikes me as strange but probably true.
Actually, Australia is Latin for "Southern" (Terra Australias Icognitio). It was referred as such by the Europeans as early as the 1400s.
Is it 1776 yet? Reds instead of Redcoats this time!
“The shirts drew criticism on Twitter where the supermarket was accused of racism for seeming to say Australia was only established after it was colonised in 1788, despite the existence of an Indigenous population before then.”
Sorry, Society for the Perpetually Offended, it wasn’t Australia before 1788. Maybe it was the “Land of an Indigenous Population Living in the Stone Age Who Would Later Scream Racism” before 1788, but it was not Australia.
For a country founded by a buncha crooks, they did well until they let the Muzzies in.
As an Australian I don’t really count Captain Cook arriving as the establishment of the nation. A far better date at least in terms of political union of the nation is January 1st 1901 (the first day of the twentieth century).
Does that also mean that Aldi will take down any American flag? After all, we claim we were established in 1776, but according to Aldi’s thought process, that is patently false.
Before 1776 we, too, were a collection of colonies and a large unhappy native population.
What flag will Aldi fly next week, if any.
The reality is virtually EVERY country in this world was one known by another name.
I have a dream. I dream of a time when we can get back to history being written by the winners instead of it being re-written by a bunch of losers...
"A limited number of concerned customers", eh? So all it takes is a few strongly worded emails from some irate liberals, and the board of directors of Aldi's rolls over.
This is a prime example of yet another major retailer who doesn't 'get it'. I have no doubt that their bottom line will be hurt by such an ignorant, politically correct decision.
Man, I've completely had it with tie dyed liberals celebrating all things backward and primitive. If they really believe those cultures are so superior to their own, let them put their money where their big fat mouths are, and go live there.