I don't know whats more unbelievable. A bunch of kids (or worse a band director) thinking it would be nice to honor World War II veterans by displaying a Nazi flag and playing the Nazi Anthem or that they had no intent to offend Jews by doing this in a predominately Jewish town on Rosh Hashanah (the jewish day of remembrance.)
A few other blogs (ATS, Inoperable Terran, and Not Quite Tea and Crumpets) have had thoughts about it but I must wonder why no one is asking where they got the flag.
My bet is a parent just happened to have it in his basement...right next to his signed copies of Mein Kampf (Hitler's autobiography) and Turner Diaries.
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by usrbingeek at 2003-10-01 18:07 ET (GMT-5) | 3 Comments | Permalink
MAybe i'm missing somthing here, but I think its kinda outragous that people over react so much to a symbol. I mean maybe its just that im young and didnt go through this stuff, but to me I dont see any value in it that would be worth going crazy over as its just a flag.
Symbols are the most powerful communication tools that have ever existed. Because they have the ability to convey so much meaning, intent and significance in such a compact, immediately recognizable form, the effect that they have is tremendous. One need only reflect on the reverence or passion that symbols ranging from the American flag to the Star of David to the Christian cross to the Red Cross can evoke to be able to understand exactly how powerful a symbol can be.
Unfortunately, symbols can convey negative connotations as well as positive. The Nazi flat only conveys feelings of hate, anger, and is used still today to instill in those who see the symbols feelings of fear and insecurity. Nazi symbols can be found scrawled on the outside walls of synagogues, churches and schools; tattooed on the bodies of white supremacists; and displayed on jewelry and clothing. This symbols give extremists a sense of power and belonging, as well as a quick way of identifying others who share their beliefs.
There is no more powerful symbol of hate.
Or they got it from a Veteran who brought it home as a war trophy.
Lighten up! It is ok to burn the American Flag, but not show relics of a destroyed culture? If we fail to read and learn about WWII, we are condemmend to repeat it.
Just think of all those Poor southerners, they have had to put up with the hated flag of the carpetbagger for the past century.....
Suck it up and drive on!