n0ns3rviam asked: When you talk about reclaiming the swastika without having any cultural ties to it, how do you define having ties to it? Since it was used so widely in the past by many different cultures, nearly everyone's past culture can have ties to it.
Not all cultures do, first off. And the had different forms in different cultures, yet people seem stuck on the most well known form. Also, if someone is going to say “oh, I have it because I am Buddhist” they should probably ACTUALLY be Buddhist and not just a white person with a swasi tattoo, some Buddha figurines, and lots of incense. Also, if you are going to claim it has deep cultural meaning to you, why is it the only part of your culture you are celebrating? It all seems contrived to me. From knowing SEVERAL people personally who have swastikas on their bodies, I can say that very few of them even know why they have it. They all kind of parrot the same few phrases and can’t even identify which culture they are representing with it. By and large, they are staunch atheists who roll their eyes when someone brings up spirituality, yet they defend this ONE spiritual symbol. If you cannot identify why you would want a culturally significant symbol on you, and why you are “reclaiming it” then you probably shouldn’t have it on you. Otherwise it reeks of appropriation and general ass-hattery.