By Mike Krumboltz | The Upshot – Tue, Jun 28, 2011
The swastika, unmistakable symbol of Nazi power, has been banned in Germany for some time.
However, neo-Nazis are finding ways around that law, initiating alternate graphics and codes to promote their Hitler-inspired beliefs. A new brochure titled "Hide and Seek," featured in German news magazine Der Spiegel, explains the troubling trend.
Of course, the symbols appear innocuous so most people don't recognize them as anything hate-driven. The neo-Nazi signs can be seen on banners at sporting events, as tattoos, etc. Michael Weiss, author of the brochure, told Der Spiegel that its purpose is to raise public awareness of the current generation of neo-Nazi codes, especially among teachers and social workers and others with access to German youths. Consider, for example, a symbol as seemingly far from the swastika as the number 14. This is code for "14 words," a phrase first coined by American white separatist David Lane. His 14-word statement, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children" is a mantra for many neo-Nazis. "BH" is another secret hate code. This stands for Blood and Honour, an extreme right-wing group banned in Germany more than a decade ago. The number 88 is gaining popularity, too, a reference to the outlawed phrase "Heil Hitler." With "H" being the eighth letter of the alphabet, to Nazis, "88" means "Heil Hitler." According to Weiss, around 150 neo-Nazi codes are in use in Germany. In addition to emerging symbols, some neo-Nazi groups have repurposed old ones. Der Spiegel points out the example of the kaffiyeh scarf, a longtime symbol of Palestinian nationalism, which neo-Nazis have adopted not as a symbol of support for Palestine but of the fight against Israel. This act of Nazis stealing symbols is nothing new. The swastika itself was once associated with peaceful themes in other cultures before Hitler and the Nazi Party made it synonymous with racism and mass murder. You can examine the full brochure of neo-Nazi codes here (in German).
Racist Are A Cancer To Humanity,
But They Have Rights Also
In the United States of America, we have the gift of being a country that enjoys the gifts from cultures all around the world, from the Native Americans who owned this land before the first colonial setllers arrival to the Muslims of today, with each culture freely practicing their individualism here in these United States of America.
Each Culture have their individual right to walk our streets without fear of being attacked because they are of a specific culter or skin color, each culture have the freedom to congregate among themselves and rejoice their culture without fear of being attacked by out government or our citizens.
This is truly a beautiful country, the only one of it's kind on earth, to allow so many different people to live freely, right beside other cultures without the worry of being attacked, because the laws of "This Land" does not condone, or allow racist to attack, intimidate or harrass people of another culture.
This Country's true beauty is the tolorence of even allowing the "Racist" to congregate amoung themselves freely, to march freely, to speak freely, because to deny any group of people, the right to speak their own minds, to express their feelings to be within their own kind would be against the writings of our constitution, and I for one believe in the rights of all, to include the rights of the American Racist. Every race, every culture, every group of people have equal rights within the Unitied States of America.
I believe that, similar to each souverian country, having their individual rights, the right to defend it's borders from aggression or attacks, the right to demand others to respect & follow it's laws if you enter it's borders, the right to choose who it allows within its borders, I believe each individual is equivelent to being their own individual souverian island/country, with the equal rights of a souverian country.
I believe that it is not my individual right to attack, or act with any type of aggression, or cause emotional, physiological or emotional harm to any human being due my disagreement with that person's beliefs, skin color, or sexual orientation, for if I do, I will have broken the laws that bind this country and I should be punished by the fullest extent of the laws associated with "Racist Bahavior, Acts of Intimidation or the Denial of Civil Rights" of another American Citizen.
Similarly, I demand that no man, no woman and no entity, infring on my individualism, my civil rights, my freedom of religion, my freedom to speak my mind and opinion, my freedom to congregate or my freedom to prospur, within these United States of America.
These are the rights of this, hugely, wonderful country, so for all of you who are racist, neo nazi's, biggots or any people who feel a specific way about yourself or the ones that are of your ilk, it's ok to be who you are and what you are..., I will never restrict you for your individualism.
However, exactly as I ought to be punished by the fullest extent of the law if I brake the rules by infringing on your individulism, as I stated above, I will demand that the laws of this country hold you equally as accountable if you were to infring on my individulism in any way.
Furthermore, for those individuals who hold public office, who are in positions of authority, who are rulers and administrators of the law in any way, if it is discovered that your individual beliefs are of a racist or bigotry natured, your position to be blind to judgement for or against a race that you are biggotted against will not allow you to be equal in the descimmination of your duties, you therefore ought not be allowed to hold specific type jobs that interact, in anyway, with the individuals that you have a mal opinion of.
If you are a person who is a biggot or racist, and your job is to interact with individuals that your belief is known to be biggotted against and you are found to have made a dicision or committed a act or actions that are detrimental in any way to a person that your biggotry is known to be biggotted against, then your punishment ought to be tripple to any written existing punishment associated with laws that punish racist acts or laws associated with civil rights of a individual.
We are all born as human beings long before we are taught to be racist or biggots. Racism & Biggotry is a learned belief, generally taught by the racist or biggot's family members, close friends, or environment, starting at a young and influencable age, so understand, no Racist was born a Racist.
However, I believe that a homosexual is born a homosexual and no matter how much society treats the homosexual in a negative way, the homosexual will continue to be a homosexual, all due to the chromosomes for each individual homosexual.
Can it be possible that a Racist be born a Racist, I would say "No", but, if it were possible that a Racist Chromosome exist and a Racist will be a Racist no matter how society treats the Racist, then I say, the Racist must understand that he or she is born to believe the way that he or she believes, and it becomes the individual Racist responsibility to understand that it's his or her chromosomes that cause he or she to feel the way that he she believes, so the Racist must adjust to society, similar to how the homosexual does not force his or her homosexual beliefs on heterosexual, the racist can not attempt to influence, belittle, intimidate, harrass or attack non racist.
The Neo Nazi, the Racist, the non Racist and all people of all cultures can live together, as long as well understand that our individulism is our own individulism and it's not our right to, as an individual, to demonize ones that do not believe as I do.
Choose to be who you are, Allow others to be who they are, Respect others right to believe in themselves, and Demand that others respect your individualism.
In My Opinion