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Yes boo, that is a tattoo of a swastika tattooed on a shell of a Black man wearing pink polka dot panties! I say shell of a Black man for obvious reasons (no offense to cross dressing or LGBTQ readers or men who love to wear pink polka dot panties).
I took this image Sunday while at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
As I was getting ready to go home & packing up my camera, these two guys shouted, “hey, take our picture”. When I got a glimpse of them, I was like oh, OK.
Then they start posing & shit. Next thing you know, the Black guy drops his jacket & gave me more than I bargained for.
First, I saw the panties, then I looked up to see the swastika tattooed on his back. I was so shocked that I could not react other than hitting my shutter button.
Typically, if I see something of interest, I will ask the person about whatever, but I just could not with this guy. Not because I did not want to, but because, I was too out done.
What would drive a Black man (a sane one) to get a swastika eternally inked on his body? This guy obviously has other issues going on.
I’m just saying!
Side note: I talked to a friend about this image & the swastika earlier today & her curiosity led her to this website: http://www.proswastika.org
What are your thoughts? And if you visited the site motioned above or are familiar with the swastika symbol, what’s your interpretation here?
Hot mess or deeper meaning???
I. Langalibalele said:
There’s a lot of rot in our community in terms of thinking. And I aint scared to piss off the LGBT community by saying that is a lifestyle choice, and the rot aint just confined to them. I just think the young negro ought to take his backside swastika to a neo-nazi rally so he can be with his own kind.
The swastika was a symbol appropriated by the Nazi’s. You should have asked why the swastika symbol. It may have been associated with some eastern religion.
Sure the swastika is originally a eastern religious symbol, but it certainly isn’t considered that now. First impressions are what counts! It’s like trying to convince Black people that they should consider a noose as a symbol of a boy scout knot and not an object of murder or intimidation. This guy may have a deeper meaning in mind but his whole image/deal is a hot mess!
I agree with you. The swastika may have been used for peace before, but now when most people see this symbol they do think of Nazis. So when someone gets a tattoo of this, especially a black man, with pink polka dot underwear, it seems to be a hot mess. He may of thought he had a deeped meaning, but in reality to everyone else, it seems silly.
Langalibalele – Im not afraid to piss anyone off either but I can certainly appeal to sensitivities within reason.
While I feel that some choose to live a gay lifestyle, I believe that this represents a small percentage. I have not quantifiable data, just going off my friends & loved ones.
Moreover, I would like to reserve this debate and focus on the base subject here.
With all that said, Im sure he would get fucked up if he stumbled upon a group of neo-nazis. Mos def.
Hathor – Great point! I had no real idea on the history & varied meaning until yesterday. Best believe if I see him again I will be asking.
Asabagna – “Sure the swastika is originally a eastern religious symbol, but it certainly isn’t considered that now.” Point! I agree with your processing & too see this as a hot mess based on the surface!
I agree with Asabagna when he says “This guy has a deeper meaning in mind…” because if you study the Hindu and African symbols of swastikas we can understand the good meaning of it. The Nazis took it up and ruined it by turning it into a connotation of mass murder and genocide. The person in the photo, in my opinion, wants every one of us to set aside our prejudices and take a look at the symbol once more and think about the goodness of it: “a mark made on persons and things to denote good luck”. No-one wants to deny the genocide of the Nazi party, but some cultures would like to reclaim the goodness of that symbol due to the meaning that gives to their religion. Just imagine if we still believe in what the colonisers of Africa used to describe our race; we wouldn’t have self-esteem and respect.
I did not say “This guy has a deeper meaning in mind…”. Actually I don’t believe he does. So what I said was: “This guy may have a deeper meaning in mind but his whole image/deal is a hot mess!”
I doubt very much that most people, especially within our community, seeing that symbol above pink and black panties, being worn by a Black male, will be moved to get into an intellectual, spiritual and historical discussion with him, their own family members, friends etc., on the initial/true meaning of the swastikas within Hindu and African cultures! I may be wrong but I believe like me most will shake their heads in disgust and silently or overtly exclaim: “WTF!?” Some things aren’t worth intellectualizing about!
What Asa said.
That tattoo is ignorant – point blank.
Dude is advertising! He’s open for business. His Baskins Robbins underwear indicate he’s kinky and he’s flaming and he doesn’t care to be part of any conscious black community. He’s in it for self. And the music festival was the prime opportunity for his advertisement to reach a large audience. Disgusting!!
I think we have more important problems within our community like black on black killings!
Lets get focused and stop worrying about shit that’s not gonna improve our social well being!
Kodiack, what you have written is counter productive.
Don’t try and dismiss this topic by deflecting it onto another issue.
That makes you look lazy.
Desire K said:
A bit disturbing that a Brother chose this Nazi sign!Black and Jews have all gone through Genocides,we should try not to offend each other,it’s like if some wsa taking mockery about slavery,that’s what this Brother did.
I understand that most people “here” don’t think of the swastika in the way it was originally used (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika)–at least people in the “western” world…
Sort of like the “white” man telling “another” man to not use a symbol, say “Black Panther,” due to some crazy notion of a “militant”/terrorist organization…
Why let a “hater” hijack a word or symbol from its original meaning? Why give the “hater” power over the words or symbols we use? Why let the hater use any symbol for their “purposes”-whatever they may be–instead of the purpose it had been used for in the past?
Instead, perhaps we could reclaim the original meaning… This removes the power “they” have over our language and the power over how we talk.
Perhaps we could educate ourselves to know what the “truth” of a word/symbol might be so that we can take the “high road” instead of letting them take a symbol that meant something opposite to what they intend to use it for AND make us adopt their view… We should not adopt their view…
Hate the swastika on a white circle in a red triangle, but I might suggest that many people use symbols within other flags to which we don’t have an immediate reaction because we don’t associate the symbol with a meaning that they are trying to force on the rest of the world.
When you see a star on a flag, you don’t think “racist” do you? How about when you see the flag of the United Kingdom–the Union Jack? Do you think “racist” because there is an “X” on the Union Jack?
Rather than let the symbol be the Nazi, realize the Nazi is the Nazi and the symbol is … just a symbol. Who cares what the Nazi’s think it means? Take the power away from their meaning by giving it the original meaning it had in the “east.”
That way, the educated fold with empathy, intelligence, and love win..
Education. Sort of like realizing the Civil War of the United States of America was not about Slavery–if it was, why did the Emancipation Proclamation only free some/most of the slaves in the states that LEFT the Union? The EP did NOT free slaves in any state that stayed IN the union (if slavery was legal in that state) or in any of the Border States–thus the need for the 13th Amendment…
The EP was great, but lets be honest about what it was… Similarly, lets realize how the Nazi’s and current “pro-white haters” use the swastika symbol without letting them control how we think or react. We, I think, are better.
Great conclusion Counsel…
The term ‘Swastika’ is a fusion of the two Sanskrit words ‘Su’ (good) and ‘Asati’ (to exist), which when combined means ‘May Good Prevail’. Historians say the Swastika could have represented a real structure and that in ancient times forts were built for defense reasons in a shape closely resembling the Swastika. For its protective power this shape began to be sanctified.
It is often depicted on the chests of the statues of Buddhas as a symbol of the teaching of Buddhism. It also treated in respect similar to a cross in that it is the power of the Buddha that protects from all evil.
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