Everyone dislikes it. We see it all the time. On our homes, businesses, property, and everywhere. Some call it graffiti, some call it tagging, while others just say it's vandalism. There are similarities and there are differences, but sometimes it's something more disturbing. Someone has spray-painted a swastika symbol on a fence in Yakima.

The Swastika Wasn't Always a Symbol of Hate and Intolerance

Village Grapples With Controversy Over Nazi-Era Church Bell
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The swastika symbol has been around for centuries. It has been used by a variety of ancient religions and cultures as a symbol of peace, love, and positivity, and considered by many to be very lucky. Seems counter to what we have seen and heard since the early 20th century however.

With the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany, the swastika has become a widely-recognized symbol of hate, and intolerance, and remains almost universally rejected around the world. There are some groups, however, that continue to espouse these often dangerous and deadly ideas.

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Mindless Vandalism or Dangerous Message in our Neighborhood?

Brian Stephenson
Brian Stephenson

One of our co-workers pointed this out to me today. She said she'd seen this on a fence near our office building a few months ago. Then, it was painted over, only to reappear days later, and has been there ever since. It's definitely an attempt at a swastika.

While poorly drawn, the presumed creators have been persistent in making sure it continues to be seen. It's impossible to tell what the intentions were. Is it a dangerous message or simply an idiotic bit of vandalism? We'll be perusing security cameras to see if we can identify anything or anyone of interest.


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