A online clothing company faced backlash recently following the creation of swastika shirts that aimed to promote LGBT inclusivity.
KA Designs released the shirts on Teespring.
The designs show rainbow swastikas in rainbow designs.
The company wrote that they were reclaiming the symbol to represent LGBT people in a description of the shirts.
‘They stigmatized the swastika, won and limited our freedom. Or maybe not? The swastika is coming back together with love, peace, respect and freedom,’ the description read according to Pink News.
Teespring wanted to ‘share the beauty’ of the swastika.
‘The swastika does not represent the LGBTI community’
‘We really like the symbol in its shape and aesthetics. And we would love to share the beauty of this symbol detached from the hatred associated with it,’ a representative from Teespring told Pink News.
The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit word svastika. This means ‘good fortune’ or ‘well-being.’
Hindus and Buddhists used the symbol originally. Western travelers brought the symbol home with them after it inspired them.
19th Century German scholars translated old Indian texts and noticed similarities between German and Sanskrit.
Anti-Semitic groups then decided to take the symbol as their own.
Dr Dvir Abramovich is the chair of the Anti-defamation Commission. He said they were ‘outraged’ by the clothing item.
‘I am outraged and shocked that any company would seek to profit from selling such reprehensible items.
‘The swastika does not represent the LGBTI community, whose members were the victims of Hitler’s evil regime. It cannot be rebranded as a symbol of peace.
‘KA’s naive, and in many ways, selfish attitude shows a staggering lack of concern for the feelings of those who survived the Holocaust. And those who lost relatives to the monstrous deeds of the Third Reich.’
The shirts are no longer available.