I cannot fucking believe this.
Probably some dumbass kids
I can believe it. There are no shortage of neo confederates and nazi wannabes here in Richmond.
From earlier this year:
We have a strong, progressive community though. That’s why people like this have to show their colors with stickers and graffiti, because they know the community won’t tolerate it.
Regardless of who’s responsible, that is atrocious. Does the business owner need a hand covering it?
Technically, they got it wrong if their intentions were to portray a Nazi Swastika.
The Hindu and Native American (Whirling Log) versions are vertical, like this graffiti.
The Nazi version has a diagonal 45 degree slant to it.
Either way it doesn’t make any sense…
That’s Trump’s zodiac sign!
Very cute Rita.
On the side of a "multicultural salon" no less smdh
The swastika has become the go to symbol for the run of the mill idiotic graffiti vandal. The chances are far greater that this was a meaningless act of vandalism than a deliberate undertaking from a supremacist movement.
We will assume it was done by ignorant kids. The way it is angled on the building is how the Hindu religion still uses it as opposed to Hitler’s Nazi version angled at 45-degrees.
In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, swastika means “well-being”. The symbol has been used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for millennia and is commonly assumed to be an Indian sign. The symbol done in a circular design, was also used by the ancient Native Americans of the Mississippian culture.
It was used regularly in advertising, even by Coca-Cola, before WWII.
Some kid really needs a job.
How do you know it wasn’t someone from the “progressive” community trying to start trouble?
You quoted something from Michael Paul Williams? Seriously?
John, if you’re going to post this sort of stuff the least you could do is tell people where the nearest safe space is.
I love Michael Paul Williams.
Oh my goodness…we need to march! Lets all put on our pink pussy-cat hats, spew ignorance and threaten to burn down St. Johns! This is terrible. Gather up snowflakes…make your signs…Let’s MARCH!
#18 – Thanks! I agree we need to do all those things and more….save me from self-righteous political correctness. And this would probably not be an overall anti-graffiti march.
No need to start ruffling feathers you guys. Let’s be decent human beings, color match the buildings paint, and erase hate.
Ugh. Might want to close this thread if people are going to behave this way in a neighborhood forum. How revolting. And so very sad.
I hope that the graffiti is not too difficult to clean up for the affected business. I also express my sincere hope that it does not reappear anywhere else in the neighborhood.
Folks, when you hear hooves, do you think zebras? Regardless of inept execution, this was intended as a symbol of hate. It’s not okay. Those of you who seem to be supporting it might want to take a good look at yourselves. Mocking people who care deeply about equality and inclusion is not a good look. Let’s agree that graffiti is bad and work together to help this local business.
If there’s any collective response to this, please keep us in the loop. The damned Nazis think they’re making a comeback…
Last year we had a similar incident at the corner of 24th and Cedar Street on a Seminary Building.
John, this thread has been been better than comedy central. Thanks.
John – the salon was going to get in touch w/you regarding a “Damsels in Defense” seminar they were going to hold 4/15 from 10-2. May have to hold it outside with the swastika as a backdrop.
This is absolutely appalling.
@22…Just how do you know what the intention was behind this–Unless, of course, it was you?
Stop making such a BFD about everything that doesn’t fit your narrative.
Damsels in Defense: a Tupperware party for the angry broad…
Meh. Paint over it and get over it. Petty haters are going to hate.
So sad. These people are “neighbors” and are posting this stuff about a swastika. Makes me want to puke.
(#14) Chris it was me, ya got me! I’ve been planning this for months to get people all riled up 🙂
Yes, I linked a Michael Paul Williams story. Is there anything in that particular link that you find erroneous or controversial? If the author of that piece bothers you more than the content, then that’s saying something.
I mean, obviously this graffiti isn’t some menacing act that has everyone shaking in their boots. More than likely it’s just a misguided teenager (like Eric and others noted, it’s not even drawn properly). But some of us find it annoying and offensive that stuff like this happens with regularity in our neighborhoods. Not sure why that bothers you, but whatever.
But hey man, don’t let me hold you up any longer, I don’t want you to be late to your Goobers Anonymous meeting.
[swastika painted on multi-cultural business]
Kay9: Who knows what the intention was behind this, no need to get worked up. 8-|
[neighbor denounces swastika graffiti]
Kay9: YOU SNOWFLAKES ARE SPEWING IGNORANCE! AGHHhh! THE AUDACITY! >:(
I live a bit further up the hill– stuff like this doesn’t happen at all often here.
When you say that it happens “with regularity” what and where are you talking about?
@34 (my favorite name on CHPN),
I meant “with regularity” as in typical or expected. I should’ve worded that differently.
Although as a sensitive lil’ motherfather,
I might argue that this latest instance, the hate group stickers from a few months ago and the swastika painted on the Jewish seminary in Summer 2015 qualify as frequent enough to be annoying and offensive.
I’m not familiar with the stickers — what was that?
Yeah, that one’s more disturbing, but still just a bunch of cowardly lions.