Given the rise of anti-Semitism coming from the far Left, it seems fitting that a clothing company is trying to reclaim the swastika and rebrand it for the LGBTQ community.
The clothing company, KA Designs, received tons of backlash after selling t-shirts with rainbow-colored swastikas printed with words like “zen” and “peace.” Another type of shirt had the swastika symbol in the letter “o” of the word “love.”
According to Out Magazine, KA Designs said their intention was to reclaim the symbol most closely associated with the Nazi party in Germany, which killed millions of Jews, people of color, and homosexuals, and use it to represent the LGBTQ community.
In an email to Mic, KA Designs said, “We really enjoy the swastika. Not because of any of the meanings associated with it, but because of the shape and of how it looks. However, the strong bond between the swastika and Nazi values was unbreakable. We didn’t feel free. For the right reason. So we ended up using this symbol with the aim of sharing its opposite values: love, peace and freedom. Our project wants to express the victory of love and humanity against hatred and Nazism in general.”
In KA Designs’ defense, the swastika may be the symbol the Nazis used during the Third Reich and their reign of terror in the 1930s and 40s, but it’s a 5,000-year-old ancient and religious symbol in the Indian subcontinent. The Sanskrit-derived symbol meant auspiciousness and good luck.
In spite of KA Designs’ intentions, the swastika is a painful reminder to those who survived Nazi death camps or persecution, or even had one of their friends or relatives die at the hands of the Germans.
Just in the past few months, we’ve seen radical Muslim clerics call for the “annihilation” of Jews, and Jews being thrown out of pride marches for holding rainbow-themed Israeli flags.
It’s time for the tone-deafness to end and leave the past where it is.