The Swastika Goes Generic

From Thursday’s New York Times:

Swastika Is Deemed ‘Universal’ Hate Symbol

Lede:

The swastika now shows up so often as a generic symbol of hatred that the Anti-Defamation League, in its annual tally of hate crimes against Jews, will no longer automatically count its appearance as an act of anti-Semitism.

“The swastika has morphed into a universal symbol of hate,” said Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish advocacy organization. “Today it’s used as an epithet against African-Americans, Hispanics and gays, as well as Jews, because it is a symbol which frightens.”

I dunno – do we really want ignorant, insensitive people to redefine historical symbols?

Are we really that lax?

Shouldn’t the swastika continue to represent the most horrific example of ethnic cleansing ever?

Shouldn’t it be our responsibility to maintain that meaning, not expand it?

Just asking.

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