(Original post by DystantMind)
[FONT="Arial"][/FONT]I hate racism, and the idea of England being 'our country' because we were born in it, and being extremely proud of being English. I'm not saying being English is something to be ashamed of (although the public image a lot of small-minded English/British people have created for the people of Britain would sometimes make me feel ashamed), I just mean that I don't believe in patriotism as I don't think people are defined by the country they are born in.
But straight to the point. I'm English and I come from and English family (big wow). My parents seem to think that they have somehow earned their right to live in this country because they were born in it and that everyone should just '**** off home', for example, Pakistanis (although they use a more vulgar term to name them) or any other non-english born and bred people. My dad is an active BNP supporter and until recently I discovered my mum shared his same shallow views.
My brother and sister have both moved away from home and so it's just me and my parents. I don't see any escape from their stupid views and I can't actively defy them (unless I don't want an easy life of course). They aren't particularly nasty people but they can have their spiteful moments. It's not like they talk about it all the time, but they still like to refer to foreigners using racist terms. I think they are both really shallow people and I don't agree with them, but they are my parents so what am I supposed to do? My dad is an idiot, who claims this is 'his country', although he's lived in the same ******** town all his life and he is unemployed and has never done anything really good in his life. Perhaps he has nothing else in his life and sees 'his' country as the last thing he can cling on to that he regards to be truly his. I think it's really sad, but he doesn't really like his children to go agaisn't his views so I'll bite my tongue until I leave them and their facism behind.
Your opinions on this? What should I do? If anyone knew my parents were racist BNP supporters then I don't know what I'd do. They'd easily think I shared the same views...
Your entitled to 'not being proud of being English' and your entitled to hate the idea of this being 'our country'.
However it is just your opinion, respect the opinions of people like myself who are indeed proud of our nationality, culture, common values, society etc.
And I would like to add that I am from Scotland, Scotland IS my country. I am an indigenous Scot and Scotland is my identity and my ancestral homeland.
What people like yourself fail to realize is that a country is not just a lump of earth (as many of you described it) it is the society that is built on that lump of earth that makes it a country.
I love my society, I love my culture, I love my fellow Scots. Having worked in ********* like the middle east and having visited Muslims countries and African countrieS. I can comfortably say that I prefer scots over them, I prefer europeans over them.
Go to Saudi Arabia, South Africa etc. as I have and I can say that you wll change your disdain for people being proud of their culture, and countries.
I would like to add that my political leanings are to the left and I am moderatly a liberal, before you start throwing around the R word.