A US Clothing Company Is Marketing Rainbow Swastika Tee-Shirts

Submitted by: 5cats 4 months ago in News & Politics

TeeSpring and KA Design have put out some new Swastika-themed t-shirts, much to the chagrin of this J-Post writer.

This isn't the first time the company has featured the 'symbol of love and peace' on their products, they are trying to take back the symbol the Nazi's stole.

“Here at KA we explore boundaries. We push them forward,” the company wrote as a description for the products. “Let’s make the swastika a symbol of Love and Peace. Together, we can succeed.”

It should be noted that the swastika is a 'basic geometric shape' and was used all over the world. It still is used today in many place, like Japan.

So perhaps it isn't such a nutty idea after all? 

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Male 4,146
Someone explain to me the big rush to "reclaim" this symbol from the Nazis?

Does it really look so impressive that everyone just wants to use it for shits and giggles?

The word Niggardly means cheap, but if you use it at your work place, i suggest you get your resume ready.

There is a term for a bundle of firewood that is used a slur against gay people.  Words change, shit happens, move on.
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Male 41,555
daegog Are you 'welshing' on your beliefs? I won't get 'jew'd' out of my vocabulary by some... some... oh you know!

Yes, the swastika belongs to hundreds of groups and cultures. To ban it outright and only say it is a Nazi symbol is just dumb. Within the context of NAzism it is, of course, iconic! But it is also that way for many other cultures.

Yes, it will always be associated with Nazis for most of the world, at least a little bit. But there's been hundreds of other symbols and icons used in history that are not associated with ONLY one group. Romans had their Eagles eh? You know how many other nations have Eagles as part of their iconography? Hint: it's a LOT! 
So when we see an Eagle image, we don't automatically think it is about Romans now do we?
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Male 4,377
why not "Kiss" band uses the Schutzstaffel
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Male 40,512
This is never going to go over in Israel 
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If you have ever been in a predominantly Indian neighborhood (Indian from India not native american.) You will see swastikas painted on on the doors. Buddhists still use the symbol, however from what I've been told the Nazi swastika is backwards from the ancient Buddhist symbol that is supposed to mean love and peace. So the Nazi swastika from what I understand translates to hate and war.

I didn't think they were the same exact symbol. So bringing back the Nazi swastika might not be a good idea.
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Male 41,555
bill_watson Not the exact same, it's true! But they 'all look the same' to most people eh? If it looks remotely like one? People will call it that.

And the Nazis did use all sorts of variations of it as well in regalia and military markings.

North American Indians used the symbol too, lots of tribes did. It's universal I think, pre-1930 of course.
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Female 469
People will no more wear these than they would wear a Charlie Chaplin moustache.
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Male 1,380
Maybe for the Asian market or any other with a high concentration (no pun intended) of buddhists 
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Male 78
I actually heard of this for the first time earlier today. What I read was that they already are discontinuing the sale of the shirts after the massive backlash.

As much as I would love to be able to reclaim symbols like the swastika for their original purpose - it's honestly still too soon to do so. The Nazi party damaged it, possibly permanently and it has become the now ongoing visual symbol of evil that is capable of murdering millions of innocent people.
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Male 41,555
Were these guys wearing these shirts too?
http://www.i-am-bored.com/2017/08/two-chinese-men-have-been-arrested-and-await-trial-for-sieg-heil-salute-in-berlin

I think the shirts would be just plain banned in Germany... they're pretty strict about it.
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Male 8,780
While the Swastika predates the Nazi Party by about 15 centuries, and it would be nice to be able to 'rescue' it from the grips of evil, it is unfortunately true that this symbol triggers much hatred and loathing and will remain to be unusable for centuries to come. 
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Male 10,328
megrendel Pretty much exactly what I was going to say.
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Male 1,891
megrendel ***ahem****  RAINBOW   ***cough***
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Male 8,780
insaneai  ***ahem****  RAINBOW   ***cough*** 

I grew up in the 70's, and pretty much everything contained rainbows (I will neither confirm nor deny the ownership of rainbow suspenders).

So, while some may consider the rainbow as being 'hijacked' by the LGBT community, in reality it has not been. 
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Male 1,273
 (I will neither confirm nor deny the ownership of rainbow suspenders) 
I think you just did.
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Male 1,891
megrendel wearing a rainbow could also be a sign of Morkism
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Male 8,780
insaneai Nanu-Nanu!
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Male 663
megrendel Sounds good. Now try naming your first born Adolph and see how people react.

We're a skittish, stupid and reactionary bunch. The icon is spoiled. There's no getting it back.
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Male 41,555
profworm You recall the parents who named their kids Adolpf Hitler and Eva Braun eh? It's on IAB a few times... (I cannot search in IE).
Anyhow, it didn't turn out well for them :/

AND they couldn't get a bakery to write 'Happy Birthday Adolph Hitler" on their cake either! 
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Male 1,273
5cats Yup.  I remember that.  Of course they were crazy neo-nazis too IIRC, so there's that.
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Male 41,555
megrendel I agree, it should only be 'evil' when associated with Nazis or anti-Semitism. 
Other cultures used it since forever, it's even on cave-paintings :/
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=American+Indian+Swastika+Symbol&FORM=IRMHRS
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Male 4,146
I understand publicity is hard to come by, but this seems like a bad idea from inception.
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Male 1,273
daegog Good idea, but never going to happen, sadly.
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Male 41,555
daegog I thought so too, at first. But they seem sincere about it...
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