Swastika Australis

A Southern Cross Tattoo Is Just Like A Nazi Swastika
One Nation, Under Delusions of Supremacy

Sends a shiver down my spine, every time I see what is effectively half of the Australian flag, emblazoned on flesh in sub-dermal ink, or plastered on the rear window of a car or ute.  Have we forgotten the Cronulla riots already?  Or are we actually celebrating Australia’s confirmed bedrock of racism when we let the world know that we are ‘proud Aussies’?

Along with bumper stickers declaring “Fuck off, We’re Full”, “I Grew Here, You Flew Here”, or “If You Don’t Like It, Go Back Where You Came From”, the Southern Cross symbol is now informing us all that the limb/torso or vehicle of whatever Crux exhibitor you are confronted with at any given time probably belongs to a rabid racist who might very well knife you in the gut if he thinks you like falafel.

Co-opting, or corrupting part of the flag, especially as part of a cultural phenomenon rebounding off the back of race riots, has weakened, cheapened, and distorted the symbolism of that flag.  It’s turned half of it into our own lame little version of a Nazi swastika. And it’s fostered a latent and untapped racism in diverse cross-sections of society, in individuals who may otherwise never have formed any feelings of ill will toward ‘other races’.  Healthy national pride (if there is such a thing) and idle patriotism have been engaged and re-geared to the task of stoking the fires of hatred of difference.

This shit’s gotta stop.

AsGrayAsGray

P.S. – There are times when a Southern Cross sticker on a car window is actually funny, e.g., plastered on a small Korean car, or on a Mahindra pick-up.  I can laugh, or just be puzzled, or be comforted by the knowledge that not all Southern Crosses belie a racist pig, sometimes they just highlight an element of stupidity…

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11 thoughts on “Swastika Australis

  1. Is the boxing kangaroo tattoo also in this realm?
    Also, you forgot, “love it or leave it”. (like they’re quoting Vanilla Ice… maybe there’s some white-boy subtext in that too?)

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    1. The boxing kangaroo, even with an associated Southern Cross, is probably not classifiable as a racist emblem. I think the intent of the symbol is important to keep in mind; and the boxing kangaroo is certainly symbolising a sporting allegiance, rather than a racial one. In most cases. And there are definitely many many boxing kangaroo tattoos that would predate the ‘modern era’ of Australian racial intolerance (1997 – present?), and many done recently with only sporty connotations intended.
      My target here is definitely those more recent displays of intolerant patriotism, and the underlying intent, expressed in the form of a ready-to-hand, easily lifted and recognisable symbol that is laden with exclusionary imagery. At the same time, as a result of the toxicity of the Australian swastika, almost anything symbolic of nationalistic patriotism is capable of inducing nausea.
      Thanks for stopping by Sandy!
      AsGrayAsGray

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  2. Only thing going for Australia day these days is TripleJ’s Hottest 100 and I’d shift it to 1 Jan – i.e. Federation. Yes, you can have a public holiday for new year’s day followed by one for Australia (Federation) Day.

    The first eurpean hoof to touch Australia was Dutch, and over the other side….so to me the 26th no relevance or feeling….

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    1. It’s more about what some people ‘want’ them to symbolize. Ever since some racist morons started wearing the Australian flag like a Superman cape, the Southern Cross has been used like an ID for ‘real Aussies’ in a way that makes many non-white Australians a bit uncomfortable. The Southern Cross stars became popular as tattoos and bumper stickers after some racist (anti-Muslim) riots a few years back…

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      1. That’s crazy. People get in trouble over here for wearing the Confederate flag for the same reasons. As you know and I’ve stated many times before, I don’t know anything about Australia, but that seems really inappropriate and also a rather antiquated ideology. Thanks for being informative as always. I love reading your blog. You’re an excellent writer and I always learn so much! 🙂 lol

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  3. Southern Cross akin to a Swastika? You have got to be either joking or plainly delusional. More likely the latter, even if you are making a reference. For the uninformed, please google the Eureka Stockade and its real meaning. Same goes for your supposed invasion. I certainly do not apologise for what happened over 200 years ago as each and every country on this planet has a dark past.

    You know what has to stop? People burning the national flag, people that disrespect the laws and values of this country. Same goes for any country but sadly person X, Y and Z arrive and want it to be like “back home”. Well if it is so bad living here, why not go back? Would be an easy decision for some don’t you think?

    Oh and I drive a Ute without stickers, I am tattoo free and yet I stand by my flag. Must make me a rarity!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and partly reading the post. You seem to have only skimmed over it. And apologies for my tardy response – I have been somewhat absent…

      So my post, because it is, on the surface, in opposition to your perspective, marks me as “delusional”? Well, OK. Sure. But just because someone has a view that is different to yours does not necessarily make them somehow deluded.

      And I fail to see how my assessment of how a particular symbol is applied can be classed as delusional. Remember that the swastika itself used to be just a swastika, with its own meanings and symbolism for a number of cultural groups, but then was adopted, co-opted, and applied to a massive social engineering project. I’m not suggesting that our Southern Cross could ‘repeat history’, but I am suggesting that there are some concerning parallels here.

      I would guess that we would agree on many aspects of the “real meaning” of the Eureka Stockade. That is exactly what I would like to see the Crux return to; rather than be ‘used’ to promote some passing pseudo-patriotism based on fear of the unknown and outmoded anglo-centric outlooks.

      At the same time, a flag is just a piece of cloth. So, if someone is aggrieved with any nation anywhere, I say burn away, go for your life, burn that polyester, baby.

      And FYI, my post was aimed at those who “disrespect the laws and values of this country” – those people who hide behind that fake patriotism (which is usually just fear and racism, all bundled into a little ball of hate) in order to give them some form of license to discriminate against, harass, or demonise, another human being or group thereof.

      On the issue of the ‘go back to where you came from if you don’t like it’ thing, I think that’s a really arrogant perspective. By adopting that outlook, we are broadcasting that it is completely OK to come here and live, but only if you never want to see any change, improvement, or progress in our society. Isn’t our country built on the desire to improve and be better and make life as great as possible for all of us?

      I also stand by our flag, for what it used to mean, and what it should mean – but not for what some redneck wants to use it for, as a threatening symbol of ignorant hatred and elitism. Simply put, our flag, in whatever form that may take in the future, should be inclusive, not exclusive.

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