Was ‘Swastika’ Blanket That Caused Uproar A Native American Symbol?

    Last month, a group of activists rallied at a Flea Market in Utah to protest what they said was a swastika-decorated blanket on sale.

    But flea market organizers said this this was no swastika — but instead a sacred Native American symbol.

    “I know antiques and I knew exactly what it was when I saw it,” Michael Sanders, who organized the flea market, told the Salt Lake Tribune, “a Native blanket with a rolling-log motif.”

    The “rolling-log motif” is a Native American symbol that resembles, but pre-dates, the Nazi use of the swastika.

    At the August 13 market, the activists demanded the blanket be removed. “They started screaming ‘Nazi’ and ‘white supremacist’ and cursing at the vendor; they made a big scene,” said Sanders, who was later harassed on social-media over the blanket. “Then the vendor decided to pull it.”

    Activists continued to rail against market organizers online, calling another a “racist” who “looks like a neocon.” One of the posts was hashtagged with #punchanazitoday.

    The swastika has a long history outside of its use by the Nazis. Over the years, American Indians have denounced the Nazis use of the symbol.

    Email Sam Kestenbaum at kestenbaum@forward.com and follow him on Twitter at @skestenbaum

    This story "Was ‘Swastika’ Blanket That Caused Uproar A Native American Symbol?" was written by Sam Kestenbaum.

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