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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 35
06-12-2010, 05:27 AM
Originally Posted by SaintHazard View Post
Sorry to burst your bubble, but seeing as that guy appears more southern Asian than black, and the Swastika, a holy symbol with a long history is not necessarily a Hakenkreuz (the actual name for the Nazi insignia), and the fact that he's smiling in the picture tells me that either he doesn't realize the red field makes it look like a Hakenkreuz or he doesn't care.

On a side note, thank you, Mister Hitler, for ruining one of the most revered symbols in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Thank you so very much.

That is all.
It is the Hakenkreuz. Hitler is the only one that tilted it like that, to distinguish it from the normal use in Asia and the Americas (some American Indian tribes, like the Navaho, used it). So, while it is what it is, you are right that the kid probably doesn't realize what it is. All the more, amusing if I may, that the company that made those does know what it means, but knew that their consumers would not. Wearing a shirt like that, except at a Klan or AN or other white supremecy group meeting, will just get you a beat down here in the US. But you are right Hazard, even wearing a shirt with the swastika as it was intended to be meant will still get you a beat down here.

Funny, though, if you go into downtown Chicago and look at the architecture of the buildings erected from the teens to the thirties, a good majority of them have a traditional swastika as part of the artwork. This was intended as a good luck charm for the buildings, and is used in the traditional depiction. Most people don't know this artwork is there, and when they do finally look up and see it, they freak out, hehe.