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Thread #60936 Message #976844
Posted By: Blackcatter
04-Jul-03 - 03:08 PM
Thread Name: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
Subject: RE: Why is 'Dixie' considered racist?
I'm saying that symbols only have power when people choses to accept they have power. Having blacks use the flag would take that symbol away from the bigots in the South.
As for the swastika, the use of that is not nearly as common (as far as I've seen), but yes, maybe they should.
I am Pagan, I practice Wicca. I also call myself a Witch. I use that term to purposely change the negative meaning of the word in society.
And then there's the issue of the Star of David, which has become the symbol of the Israeli state, yet was a symbol all Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany as a symbol to separate them from non-Jews. Certainly that symbol has a changed meaning.
The issue of symbols is complicated. What can be a positive symbol for millions can be a hated, negative symbol for others. There are no easy answers.