The attacks on people peacefully protesting the national anthem aren’t limited to NFL players, or even to the United States. A nine-year-old Australian girl named Harper Nielsen has become a target of hate after she refused to stand and sing the country’s anthem at school. The reason for Nielsen’s protest is that she says the song is disrespectful to indigenous Australians. And after looking at the lyrics, which I had never read before, it’s hard to disagree. Here’s the first verse: Nielsen (who is not an indigenous person, but one hell of a nine-year-old ally) told a local news outlet about her issues with the song. “When it says Advance Australia Fair, it means advance the white people,” she said. “And when it says ‘we are young’ it completely disregards the Indigenous Australians who were here before us for 50,000 years.” In response to her protest, Nielsen’s parents say she was given detention and was forced to write a letter of apology (to whom??) or risk suspension, although the education department denies that was ever threatened. She was also given the option to leave the hall during the playing of the anthem (much like the suggestion that NFL players stay in… Read full this story
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