Aussies Are Sharing The Things That Make Them Feel A Sense Of National Pride And It’s Making Me Feel Patriotic AF

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“I’m proud that whilst racism still obviously exists, for the majority of cases, Australians are very accepting regardless of how different someone is.

“I’m not born here [in Australia], but I came here when I was 7 and lived in a place that wasn’t as multicultural back then compared to the rest of the city. I might have been the only Asian kid at my primary school, but I had lots of friends. Teachers were giving it their all to teach me English in my first year, then they saw I was gifted in English and got me tested to see if they could recommend my mum to have me try for the OC class.

“I brought my strange lunches to school, which had some highlights, including beef hearts, pork brains, salted eggs, etc. Even rice was already strange. No one cared, as long as you were happy.”

—u/KittyKatWombat

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“I’m an immigrant, and I can say that despite its flaws, I’ve always loved that in Australia I can go out and not worry about violence, being robbed and having to keep my wits about me in broad daylight like I would where I’m from. If I get hurt, I don’t have to pay for help. If I lose my job, there are safety nets to support me. Our democracy is strong, and even in this most recent election, which was quite a turnover of government, there was no massive uproar from supporters of the opposition of any kind suggesting fraud or treason. In Australia, I feel comfortable just ‘being’ — which you just can’t take for granted when it’s not the reality in most of the world.

“On top of this, it’s impressive to see how most Australians accept a level of personal responsibility when it comes to crisis — volunteer work in disasters, staying home, wearing masks and not causing a fuss during lockdowns, over 95% going out and getting their jabs when asked to, and just being good cunts to each other in public in general. My only wish is for Australia to embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture more. At this stage, some of the worst racism I’ve witnessed has been toward one of our proudest people and the oldest culture in the entire world.”

—u/montyxgh

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“There’s lots of things I like, but one thing I, personally, really appreciate is that transphobia gains very little traction here. Like, sure, there are transphobes here, but most people don’t give it much stock, and the election (with Katherine Deves) showed that transphobia has no place in politics either. It makes me feel safer living in Australia than other countries, like the US or UK where transphobia has gained a lot of traction.

“To echo what someone else said, Australians are, generally, pretty accepting, welcoming and celebratory of diversity — be it of culture, gender, sexuality or religion. We’re far from perfect; there’s a lot of blind spots, but as a general rule, we celebrate diversity in all its forms.”

—u/GalileoAce

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