peaceful swastikas

anonymous asked:

Except, the Snake is a long-standing symbol of sin. It's like if I said "The swastika represents peace". You'd dismiss it because of it's appropriation by Nazis. Taylor adopts the snake, and all the negative with it, regardless of her intent. By comparing herself to a Snake, she embraces the lies, sin, hate, sliminess, and evil associated with it for 2,000 year+ years. If Taylor can be a "good snake", you should also support my right to fly a Nazi or Confederate flag.

would you like some more crack cocaine with your bowl of “the Moon is Hollow” Conspiracy Theory cereal?

anonymous asked:

This is an extremely sensitive issue, and I apologise off the bat if I say something upsetting in this. I am ethinically Hindu - while I don't subscribe to the belief, my family does. We, as a family, celebrate the festivals, and i enjoy posting pictures of the same on my blog. The swastika, which Hitler used as a symbol of his horrifying regime, is one that has had religious significance for Hindus for millenia and is used during our festivals. The photos have led to well-meaning people (1/2)

(2/2) both Jewish and non-Jewish, calling me out for anti-semitism. Could you guide me as to how to refute these claims without saying something that might be construed as insulting or anti-semitic?

This is the prime example of why cultural appropriation is wrong. What the Nazis did to the Swastika is a crime against Hindus and Hinduism. They have stolen and desecrated something that is of great significance to your people and that is a wrong for which you have every right to be angry. 

I don’t have a simple solution to your problem, I wish I did. My best solution is to let you use this post as you see fit. You and other Hindus are free to spread and reblog this as you see fit with my full approval as a Jewish descendant of Holocaust survivors.

- Hindus have every right to use the Swastika for religious and cultural purposes as they have for millenia. 

- So long as they are not using them to spread Nazi ideology or to threaten Jews or other groups persecuted by Nazis, it is their right to reclaim what was stolen from them.

- While what the Nazis did to Hindus was not what was done to us, they are still victims in this situation and they have been wronged by the Nazis. They are on the side of justice, not on the side of the Nazis. 

- Allies in the fight against anti-semitism need to learn the difference between peaceful use of the Swastika as part of one of the world’s oldest ongoing religions and its use as a symbol of hate. The distinction is easy to make once you learn what to look for. Here’s a hint, if the Swastika is in a Hindu household, it’s not anti-semitism. If it’s spray painted on the side of a Jewish fraternity, it most definitely is.

- In an ideal scenario, the Swastika will be seen as a religious symbol with no violent connotations. For this to happen, it must stop being used by Nazis, White Supremacists and other hate groups. It is not the responsibility of Hindus to stop these groups, however. Again, they are a wronged party in this situation.

On the other side of the equation:

- People who are not Hindus or part of related cultures and faiths whose use of the Swastika pre-dates have no right to reclaim it. It is not theirs. They should not reclaim it on behalf of those cultures if it isn’t theirs. 

- If you are White, don’t use a Swastika in public. Period. I don’t care how anti-semitic you think you aren’t. Don’t wear one. Don’t get a Swastika tattoo. Don’t shave one into your hair. Don’t wear swastika Jewelry. Don’t wear swastika pins. Don’t wave swastika flags. Don’t use a swastika bumped sticker. 

- Jews, Romani and other groups that have had the Swastika used as a racist symbol against them will feel triggered and threatened by these images because of how they’ve been used against in the past and present. While it is wrong for them to accuse you of anti-semitism for posting those images, recognize that that reaction is a response to horrifying cultural trauma and it’s not always easy for us to make those distinctions, even if we know better in our higher order reasoning. Seeing a Swastika when I’m not expecting to puts me in a heightened “fight or flight” state. Please try to extend us a bit of understanding in those contexts. I recognize that this isn’t completely fair to you, but just as I recognize that it’s not your fault that the Swastika was stolen from you, I ask you to recognize that those same thieves have used it to terrorize us and our reactions to seeing it are a part of that wrong and not any kind of deliberate effort to suppress the free practice Hinduism on our part.

- If anyone is going to post pictures of Swastikas on social media, even for the most innocuous and appropriate of reasons, please, please tag them. Again, they are triggers. 

- Avoid using Swastikas in public spaces in countries with non-negligible Jewish or Romani populations.

- In efforts to reclaim the Swastika, do not go after Jews, Romani or other Holocaust victims. However important the symbol might be to you, we are not the ones who stole it. Demanding that we not react to it with fear or anger is unreasonable. We are the ones that the thieves are attacking with it. If they stop using those symbols to terrorize us, we will eventually stop asking not to see them. But in a time when Jews and Romani are regularly threatened with swastikas on our homes, cultural centers, cemeteries and other places where we live, pray and bury our families, it makes us feel like our lives and safety don’t matter. Don’t forget that, however unfair it is and however much it isn’t your fault, Swastikas represent a mortal threat to us and we must react accordingly.

Let us know if you have other questions or concerns.