General CALIFORNIA MAN PUTS GIANT SWASTIKA IN HIS FRONT YARD, NEIGHBORS ARE OFFENDED,

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  1. jason73

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    A California man has shocked neighbors by having a 10 foot-wide Swastika built in his front yard.

    Aerial-view images captured above Steve Johnson's one-storey home on Lindell Drive in El Sobrante, Contra Costa County, show a huge black concrete Swastika taking up a portion of his yard. The Swastika measures around 10 feet by 10 feet, according to Bay Area News Group.

    In interviews with local news outlets, Johnson claimed he wasn't aware of what the sign represents. He said he liked the shape and denied that he supported the Nazis, while his neighbors expressed concern.

    Used as a sign of good fortune for centuries by religions including Buddhism and Hinduism, Adolf Hitler adopted the symbol for the Nazi party in the 1920s. It is now widely considered a symbol of fascism, white supremacy, and extremist nationalist ideology.

    Some six million Jews were systematically killed during the Holocaust orchestrated by the Third Reich, as well as others considered sub-human, including people with physical and mental disabilities, LGBT individuals, black people, Roma, Sinti, Pole and Slavic peoples, as well as political opponents, Soviet prisoners, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

    According to the Jewish organization the Anti-Defamation League, the swastika is "overwhelmingly viewed as a hate symbol" in the U.S. It is currently banned in numerous countries including Germany.

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    A design resembling a swastika is displayed in front of a home on June 5 in El Sobrante, California. People living in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb are upset that homeowner Steve Johnson has built a large design in his front yard that resembles a swastika.GETTY/JUSTIN SULLIVAN
    Johnson spoke to reporters about his home's new feature. When asked about the sign in his yard, Johnson asked NBC Bay Area "What is a swastika?"

    "I like swastikas," he said according to Bay Area News Group. "I think they look cool. I didn't do it to get attention. I'm not a worshiper of Nazis. I just thought it'd be a cool thing to put in there."

    "I own this house I'll put what I want. It ain't none of your guys' business," he told ABC-affiliate KGO.

    Johnson went on to claim he was referencing Tibet, rather than Nazism by placing the image in his yard, as well as on his doorbell and handrail.

    "It's a Tibetan sign that's way back before swastikas were invented," Johnson said according to KGO. Asked whether he is Tibetan, he replied: "I could be."

    Johnson also claimed the swastika was a reference to: "peace, tranquility and harmony."

    But he told NBC Bay Area: "It doesn't represent anything.

    "That represents me not having to pull weeds over in that part of my yard; that's what it represents to me. What does it represent to you?"

    Speaking to Bay Area News Group on his Harley Davidson motorcycle outside his home, Johnson went on to state: "That Nazi [stuff] happened like 80 years ago. Get over it, I guess."

    Johnson's neighbor Renee Schultz, who is Jewish, was asked by KGO if the symbol was offensive. She said: "Yes! On behalf of Jews that died with that—yes, absolutely!"

    Schultz, who has lived near Johnson for 27 years, told NBC Bay Area, "I was very clear with him about my feelings.

    "I don't agree with it; I think it's wrong. I don't like it, but it is his yard."

    Vince Poehnelt, another neighbor, was worried that the sign would affect the value of his home.

    "It's stupid. It kills the retail value of the house, kills the value of everyone on the street," he said.

    Poehnelt told CBS SF Bay Area he doesn't think Johnson is "a hardcore Neo-Nazi. He may be racist."

    NBC Bay Area, reported Poehnelt as saying that Johnson is "harmless" and "a little too lazy to be a full-blown neo-Nazi."

    Nancy Appel, a spokesperson for the Anti-Defamation League, told Bay Area News Group: "Personally, and professionally, I find it deeply deeply offensive.

    "The thing is huge, it's in concrete and symmetrical. It appears that a lot of effort went into it," she said.

    The Anti-Defamation League considers displaying swastikas as a potential act of anti-Semitism.

    Police told ABC7 they are not investigating the incident.

    John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor, told NBC Bay Area the authorities cannot make Johnson pull down the symbol.

    However, he said: "This is an unacceptable thing because of what this stands for and how people perceive the symbol."

    California man puts giant swastika in his front yard, neighbors are offended, worried about property value
     
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    no space between houses
    he should sell that shit and get some acreage

    why waste money on that fancy shit?
     
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    Man, that is symmetric.

    Can we just get over it already?
    It's been 75 gawtdamn years.
    Anyone getting offended by a symbol .001% of Americans take seriously should tour a cancer ward.

    I can think of about a dozen social issues far more serious the media purposely doesn't report.
    Rebel flag too.
    Probably the coolest looking flag ever made.
    To 99.99% of Americans that represents the Dukes of Hazzard.
     
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    You fucken racist!
     
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    It's an ancient symbol that was coopted by the Nazis
     
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    He should move to Ontario.

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  9. Jesus X

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    another case of leftist California liberals getting offended by everything.
     
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    I agree. I'm waiting for the day I can get a sweet sweet swastika and a rebel flag tattoo without every liberal being offended. IT MEANS PEACE AND THE SOUTH EVERYBODY!
     
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    This^
    The bay area is the worst when it comes to liberals...
     
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    So fucking stupid of her. Got expelled from her free ride at Georgetown.
     
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    I'm literal LOLing at the pic and this guy's hilarious attitude.

    Um, did he miss the giant swastika?
     
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    I'm all for free speech but it's like living next to the idiot who paints his house deep purple. Nobody is going to want to live next to that. Property values are going to suck. I would get a group together and offer the guy a new place if he moved and have him quit claim the property, fix it up and sell it.
     
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    When it comes to the swastika, people need to follow U2's example when they covered Helter Skelter:

    "This is a song Charles Manson stole from The Beatles. We're stealing it back."

    It's a cool symbol. Providing it isn't tilted sideways in a white circle set against a red background...who gives a fuck? The symbol has been around for a lot longer than the Nazi party.

    If Hitler had chosen a simple square, would we only allow rectangles?
     
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    But 100% this dude is doing this shit just to piss people off
     
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    This is one of the all time clearest examples of a real life troll job.
     
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    You know when people say "You know what I'd like to do just to prove a point?" This guy's actually doing it.
     
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    I had a friend like that. He was going through a bitter divorce. He was an "it's the point" person. That divorce probably cost him at least an extra $100,000 in legal fees because of his "points". He could have emailed or sent texts to his ex wife but had his lawyer send a letter for everything and I mean everything. If he was going to be late for a visitation pickup boom had his lawyer send a letter. We all loved this guy but after a while (we had never met his wife) started to feel sorry for her.
     
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    I know a few people who are going to be down to shopping at 3 stores because of every where they'll "Never go back to after being treated like that!!!"
     
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    im lol'ing that you took my outlandish facetious previous post serious.
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    No lie, I grew up there hahahaha
     
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