Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17


Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

In the 1960s when the CND peace symbol became popular in Europe,

its history came back to bite its bum. Some people objected to its use

because of its Nazi history, but by then it had become too popular. Again

in 1973 the CND peace symbol caused controversy in South Africa when

it was used during anti-Apartheid demonstrations, and was subsequently

banned as a symbol of defiance by the racist Apartheid regime.


More recently in 2006 in the USA, two inhabitants of Denver were

forced to remove a CND peace symbol because neighbours found it

anti-Christian. Bizarrely, despite its popular and accepted status, in their

ignorance, or just plain intransigence, they interpreted the downward fork

as a downward cross, a symbol of satanism. No matter how simple and

strong a symbol, its adaption, resemblance, or appropriation can change

its meaning.

Which brings us back to the swastika, an ancient religious symbol,

considered to be an auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and

Jainism that dates back to before the 2nd century BC ... but, because it

was appropriated by the Nazis, it is now stigmatised forever. Despite its

lengthy peaceful use as a symbol of good luck, its association with Nazi

Germany and the horrors of the Holocaust has changed its meaning ...

it was, in a twisted irony, anything but a good luck symbol to six million

Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals ...

This piece has also been appropriated, tricked, added to and trumped

from an original piece in ‘The Politics of Design’ researched by Asja

Keeman (thank you).


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