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  •  Respect for their ancestors? (22+ / 0-)

    My uncle fought for his country in WW II - Nazi Germany. My great-uncle was a brownshirt and died when the Wilhelm Gustloff was torpedoed by the Russians. Another great-uncle spent years in a Russian POW camps after the war (and several other relatives). I have every right to claim the swastika as part of my's stamped on my mother's birth certificate; it's there on my great-uncle's uniform in family Christmas pictures from 1941 or 1942.

    To be clear, I have no desire to claim the swastika or the legacy of Naziism, but it looms large in my heritage (and my profound opposition to antisemitism and theories of racial superiority), but my claim is at least as real (and a whole lot more immediate) than any son of the Confederacy. Nonetheless, no one - no decent human being - would support me if I went to a protest aimed at, say, Michael Bloomberg, or Eric Cantor, unfurled the Nazi banner, and said that I was not being racist, I was just embracing my heritage. Because even if it were true, it would be outside the bounds of decency.

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