So clealry one is German and one is American- check.
But owning and flying a flag with a swastika on it is illigal. This is because the flag has become a symbol of the Holicaust and anti-semitism- hell in modern times, even racism!
Owning and flying a Confederate flag is legal. The Confederate flag has become a symbol of racism and slavery (especially in the South.)
Now, the orginal purpose of the flag of the Third Reich had nothing to do with anit-semitism, the swastika was mainly used as a symbol of power, very important for a weak Germany. I fully support it being iliigal though, because it has become more a symbol of anit-semitism than German pride, in fact it is now German shame.
The original symbol of the Confederate flag (which wasn't even the flag of the Confederacy mind you) was a symbol of state rights and the American South's sepratism- all true. But being associeted with the South's sepreatism and state rights is funadamentally tied to slavery, regardless of what people believed they were fighting for back then. It was the state's right to own slaves. Just as the symbol of being a Nazi was once a proud and honerable thing for many Germans, now it is shameful and anti-semetic.
Germans and Germany hold the responsability for their atrauscites very well, why is the American South throwing such a fit over it? As a Northerner, I learned all about slavery, which was not just a problem in the South by any means. Yet, Southerners and southern schools especially, are being forced to sideline Southern race structures and mainly teach the whole conflict and flag as pertaining more to State's rights (which as mentioned, was the right to own slaves...).
All I am saying is, the laws that forbid the ownership and flying of a Third Reich flag, should pertain to the Confederate flag as well.
Go ahead, bring on the hate now...
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The Third Reich flag is illegal in Germany; but it is perfectly legal to own and fly in the United States. It is just in really bad taste and would cause a lot of complaints by neighbors. Sad thing is a swastika itself was a very good symbol until the Nazis tarnished its image by using it. I own a Nazi flag that my step-grandfather brought back to the US after fighting in WW2 but would never think to fly it. It is disrespectful to everyone who lost their lives in that fight.
I personally don't see any difference in the two flags. They are both pieces of history that played a roll in making the world the one we lived in today. How you present them is what determines if it is appropriate or not. Have it among all your Civil War artifacts or use it to Indicate you are a southerner and there is nothing offense about that flag. Put it in the back of your truck and drive around yelling racial slurs and being a menace to society, and yes people have a right to be offended. I'm from the north and that flag has offended me only one time: it was on the wall of a guy I was seeing and it was quite evident by him and his roommates that it was there to promote hatred and race supremacy. I stopped seeing him because of it. It wasn't the flag itself, but the intentions of the flyer.1
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