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'Goebbels Would Approve': German Ride Looks Like This

Eagle's Flight was shut down by park management

(Newser) - A ride at a German theme park was scuttled this week over objections it resembled flying swastikas, the New York Times reports. Called Eagle's Flight, the attraction had two sets of four cars, each joined at right angles, which some said resembled the infamous Nazi symbol. "First of... More »

Man With Giant Swastika in His Yard: 'Get Over It'

California's Steve Johnson says he thinks landscaping design looks 'cool'

(Newser) - Steven Johnson doesn't see what the big deal is with what he used to replace the weeds in his yard in California's El Sobrante, but he does concede that "a few people don't like it." What Johnson's neighbors and other locals are perturbed about,... More »

Drowning Man With Swastika Tattoo Saved by Jewish Teens

'Their good deed had a little bit of a twist to it'

(Newser) - Four Jewish high school students in Boston say they didn't see a man's swastika tattoo before they saved his life—but they would have rescued him anyway. The students at an Orthodox Yeshiva high school in the Brighton neighborhood spotted the man floating in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir... More »

Harley-Davidson Workers: 'This Stuff Has to Stop'

Employees say they've had enough of racist harassment

(Newser) - Minority employees at Harley-Davidson's plant in Kansas City have been subjected to years of harassment and discrimination—including having swastikas and nooses posted in the plant, frequent racial epithets and at least one assault, several employees said at a news conference organized by the NAACP-Kansas City on Friday. "... More »

California Teens Pictured at Party With Swastika, Giving Nazi Salute

Photograph went viral, led to outcry

(Newser) - A California school district is investigating a social media photograph in which young people are seen giving Nazi salutes while standing around a table on which red cups form a swastika, the AP reports. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District was made aware Sunday of social media postings "involving some... More »

Graffiti at Prof's Office Was So Horrible, 'I Almost Passed Out'

NYPD investigating possible hate crime at Columbia University

(Newser) - "I opened the outer door and almost passed out." It was then that Columbia University professor Elizabeth Midlarsky saw the two large swastikas spray-painted in red on the walls of her office (photo here ), along with an offensive term for Jewish people. Wednesday's scene was deja... More »

An Act of Hate, Then an 'Outpouring of Love' in Illinois

Suspect in custody after 200 graves marked with swastikas before Memorial Day

(Newser) - The weekend might have started with a "devastating" act of hate, but it ended with an "outpouring of love." That from the manager of Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Ill., 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. Early Saturday,... More »

Students Pose With Pumpkins Carved With Swastika, 'KKK'

Viral photo blasted by Pa. school district as 'reprehensible'

(Newser) - An eastern Pennsylvania school district is dealing with a second race-related incident in just over a week, investigating a Facebook photo showing current and former students posing with pumpkins carved with racist symbols. The pumpkins included one with a swastika, and another with the letters KKK. The photo shows four... More »

Man Wearing Swastika Gets Knocked Out in Seattle

Witnesses say he was harassing people downtown

(Newser) - A man wearing a swastika armband was knocked out cold on the streets of Seattle Sunday after reportedly instigating fights in the city's downtown area. Police say they were on the scene within minutes of the fights being reported, but arrived to find the man already unconscious on the... More »

People Aren't Happy About These Peaceful Swastika Tees

Shirts with the design have been pulled after online backlash

(Newser) - A design company hoping to rebrand the swastika as a symbol of peace and love is feeling quite the opposite on social media. Per the BBC , KA Design’s shirts featuring a swastika next to words like “zen” and “peace” have been pulled from its online shop after... More »

Teens' Punishment for 'White Power' Graffiti: Book Reports

They vandalized black schoolhouse; now they have to read tomes about oppression

(Newser) - Some say don't judge a book by its cover, but a Virginia attorney's office will be judging the progress of a group of teenagers by their book reports. The five teens pleaded guilty to vandalizing the Ashburn Colored School, a historic black schoolhouse, by spray-painting it with swastikas... More »

Subway Riders Saw Swastikas. Then They Dug Into Their Bags

One of 3 such incidents to make headlines this weekend

(Newser) - Houston made headlines first over the weekend, after a swastika was drawn in chalk on Rice University's statue of William Marsh Rice on Friday night. As CNN reports, it was the first of three such incidents to occur in different pockets of the country over a roughly 24-hour period.... More »

Guy Finds Swastikas in His Boot Prints

Polar Fox footwear is being pulled

(Newser) - Leaving a trail of swastikas in their wake is generally not a goal of consumers, which is why a California company is pulling a version of its "military combat boots" from stores. In a post viewed more than 3 million times, a Reddit user described receiving his Polar Fox... More »

Playground Named for Beastie Boy Defaced With Swastikas

Someone also spray-painted 'Go Trump!' on Adam Yauch Park

(Newser) - A Brooklyn playground named for the late Beastie Boys' star Adam Yauch was vandalized with swastikas and the words "Go Trump!" the AP reports. Photos show the swastikas and words were spray-painted on playground equipment in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. The city named the park for the late... More »

Japan May Ditch Old Symbol Over Swastika Confusion

The 'manji' identifies Buddhist temples on maps

(Newser) - As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? The symbol, from... More »

Vanderbilt's Jewish Frat Defaced With Swastikas

Police conducting hate crime investigation

(Newser) - Police are conducting a hate crime investigation after students found three swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish frat house at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, the Tennessean reports. The student president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi frat says students were "horrified" to discover the Nazi symbols, painted in an elevator and... More »

Boy Gets Nazi Ring From Vending Machine

4-year-old's mom outraged in Tulsa, Oklahoma

(Newser) - A mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got quite the shock when her 4-year-old son popped a quarter in a vending machine at a dollar store and out came a gold-colored, plastic ring—bearing the Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika, Fox 23 reports. "You don't want to... More »

Hallmark Yanks 'Swastika' Gift Wrap

Not ideal for wrapping Hanukkah presents

(Newser) - Hallmark has halted sales of wrapping paper with a swastika-like design and apologized to customers who may have been offended. California woman Cheryl Shapiro was looking at rolls of paper in a Walgreen's Hanukkah display last week when she noticed how lines in the trim formed the symbol. "... More »

Huge Swastika Spotted in Swimming Pool

Brazilian police say they can't press charges

(Newser) - Brazilian police were flying in a helicopter on a drug raid when they made a startling find: a huge swastika at the bottom of a swimming pool, RT.com reports. After investigating, police say the Nazi symbol had been there for 13 years but they can't press charges because... More »

Archaeologists Find Swastika in Kazakhstan Landscape

Google Earth spots more than 50 geoglyphs, including the enormous ancient symbol

(Newser) - Google Earth can be used for more than peeking into your neighbor's backyard: Archaeologists have discovered more than 50 geoglyphs in Kazakhstan, thanks to images from the virtual geographical and map service, reports the International Business Times . Geoglyphs are large designs on the ground, usually created out of mounds... More »

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