Washington,August12:KA Designs attempted to put into production a collection of T-shirts and sweatshirts with the Nazi symbol on the chest. The white cotton garments were screen printed in rainbow colors with swastikas paired with words such as “zen,” “love,” and “peace.”
KA Designs announced “the swastika is coming back […] introducing: the new swastika.” The brand also released a video on Facebook explaining why they were trying to “take back the swastika.” The video explained, “This is a swastika. It’s 5,000 years old. It’s a symbol of peace. It’s a symbol of love. It’s a symbol of luck. It’s a symbol of infinity. It’s a symbol of life.” It then goes on to remind us all (as if we needed a refresher) that the Nazis claimed the symbol as their own, turning it into one of hatred, fear, war, racism, power, etc.
Huh? While it’s true that the symbol existed prior to World War II, it is now so synonymous with the horrors of the Holocaust that there is no need to “bring it back.” What’s more, simply turning the awful geometric shape into a rainbow and pairing it with words such as love and peace does not erase its history as a Nazi symbol.
Following the video’s release, the internet’s rage reached a new level when samples of the tees appeared on Teespring, sparking the hashtag #BoycottTeespring to trend on Twitter. The shirts have also gotten the attention of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, as the Executive Director, Arsen Ostrovsky, posted a statement on Facebook that reads, “Seriously Teespring? ‘Peace with Swastika. Let’s make the Swastika a symbol of Love and Peace.’ Do you not realize how obscene and offensive this is? This is not art or free speech. It’s disgusting and deeply hurtful.”