Recognizing Symbols of Hate: Identifying Neo-Nazi Iconography

You would be hard pressed to identify a stronger symbol of hate in the modern world than the swastika. While originally a benign symbol, it was adopted and eventually corrupted into a symbol of hate by the Nazi party as they used it to spread their hateful ideology. Neo-nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups continue to rally around this swastika as they spread their message of intolerance and fear to others. The swastika can be see on their clothing, tattooed on their bodies, and while they think this makes them stronger and fearsome, it helps us readily identify them and allows us to do something about it. Seeing and reporting these groups is a step each of us can take to slowly combat their hate.

It’s important that we see and recognize these symbols to not only stop the groups themselves, but those who enable them. You can see the swastika used by Russian lackey’s overseas as they fight wars on Russia’s behalf. Russia denies their support of these troops but they are obvious pawns in Russia’s game of foreign policy. In that role, these hate groups are mobilized and equipped to wage war, fueling their aggression. As they trample through countries, they spread their message of hate through graffiti and destruction. Again, it is important we highlight these events so that someone in power can finally decide to do something about this. If we don’t speak up now and people stand by doing nothing, these hate groups will be further emboldened and continue to commit increasingly violent and despicable acts.

We here at SARFAN continue to advocate against the spread of hateful ideology in any shape or form, but especially when its sponsored by a nation with no repercussions for their actions. As we continue shining a light on these topics, we encourage everyone to reach out to us and let us know what we can do to help.


Swastika graffiti used by Russian Mercenaries in Libya. They’re openly spreading their message of hate, fully enabled by Russia.Swastika graffiti used by Russian Mercenaries in Libya. They’re openly spreading their message of hate, fully enabled by Russia.

Swastika graffiti used by Russian Mercenaries in Libya. They’re openly spreading their message of hate, fully enabled by Russia.

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