M.I.A. shitting on ignorant opinions
This isn’t a Nazi Swastika what so ever, as a JEW I can recognize this unlike some people.
Gonna quote straight from wikipedia here.
It is a symbol among the ancient Celts, Indians, and Greeks,as well as in later Buddhism,Jainism,Hinduism,and Nazism,among other cultures and religions.
The word swastika derives from the Sanskrit root ssu(“Good”),asti(“to be”),andka(making)The older term gammadion cross derives from its appearance, which is identical to four Greek gamma letters affixed to each other.
What I find interesting is that this is actually a very very good representation of what can happen when white people culturally appropriate something.
The Swastika, long before the Nazis came about and started brandishing their own bastardization of it, had a strong religious and cultural significance to a LOT of people.
It didn’t represent anything evil, it didn’t represent a dictatorship that perpetuated one of the most well known genocides taught today.
It only started having this horrible association in the 1920’s when the Nazi party appropriated it as for their logo.
White people, white supremacists, taking something with an already well established past and meaning; and placing their own over it.
Because of these people, swastikas that do not have anything to do with the Nazi party are demonized in most people’s eyes because they don’t know any better, because white people wiped out it’s original meaning in white culture.
People seriously need to learn some history.
THIS is the sort of damage that cultural appropriation can do in the long run.
^ THANK YOU! So happy to read this! This really irritates me because the swastika is a religious symbol in hinduism (and can be differentiated from the Nazi one because it’s flipped over) and has numerous positive connotation in Hindu/Indian culture. I hate having to justify its use in our culture or defend it to misinformed people who only know the western version of it, the bastardised version. It sounds stupid but it gets on my nerves….it’s been a part of our culture for ages before nazism and no we are not “anti-jew” or “supporting the holocaust” or any other bullshit accusation people are happy to throw smug self-righteousness. FYI hinduism does not even have the concept of conversion so they are theoretically and for the large part, in practice (ofc there are the few extremists… =.=) tolerant of all other religions and beliefs. Jews have sought refuge in India from as early as the 12th Century. (Look up Cochin Jews).