I do think people have a tendency to get out of control and it becomes a silly witch hunt..but the issue is some people like to downplay symbols and what they mean.There are other posts in this thread that do say that. I was not referring to you. Your response is measured and reasonable.
It's difficult for me to put in words because I'm the guy with an S&Key Hanneman and a totenkopf sticker on a Hanneman but NEITHER of the those guitars or the imagery associated with them sum me up as a person. Those symbols don't reflect one iota, my philosophy towards humanity. I happen to love people...all people. That's why I work in a people oriented industry.
I get it that symbols are powerful things but not every symbol is a dog whistle. Trump let it become that...he let the racists come out of the shadows and now every time we see a shadow we want to smack down what is causing it but that is not fair to the individual person. See what they do. I've known several people who had confederate crap and had not a racist bone in their body and others who owned NO symbols or flags and were the biggest racist pieces of shit I've ever known.
I dread the though of a resurrection of Himmler but even more I dread the resurrection of Robespierre.
I take no issue at all with anything you said
I don't want to go to an Ozzy/Pantera show and be reminded through the guitarist's Hillbilly Swastika that they still regularly find people who look like me hanging from trees and that there are several people who seem to look back at those "good ol days" fondly as part of their heritage.
That's not a negotiable thing because that's literally the history of the symbol itself.
This has been going on for far longer than Trump.
Yeah it's possible that the guy who collects racist shit and puts it all over his stuff for people to see isn't a racist..but even IF he isn't, why the fuck would I want to hang out with someone who feels the need to remind people of that? Best case scenario he's just fucking stupid, and I don't want to deal with someone that stupid.