The New York Times introduced us to the Sitting Racist Object Menace last December:
What to Do With the Swastika in the Attic?Okay, granted, a huge fraction of those were perpetrated by a Jewish guy in Israel, but that’s not the point. The point is that we’re holding The Megaphone and you’re not. As the head of the ADL pointed out after the arrest of the Israeli Jew who had phoned in hundreds of bomb threats reported by the ADL:
By JESSICA M. GOLDSTEIN JULY 7, 2017
I once thought there were a few things on which Americans all could agree, and that “Nazis are bad” was among them. I’ve recently been unnerved to discover, or to be reminded, that this is not the case. …
The Anti-Defamation League reported that, in the first quarter of 2017, acts aimed at Jews and Jewish institutions surged by 86 percent. …
While the details of this crime remain unclear, the impact of this individual’s actions is crystal clear: These were acts of anti-Semitism.Ms. Goldstein goes on:
… I figure it’s about time to do something with that swastika in the attic.That’s pretty cool. Do you have any male relatives who would want your grandfather’s war souvenir?
I must have seen it for the first time in childhood. The red edges are ragged; this circle, four feet across, cut from a giant banner and signed by the men in my grandfather’s United States Army unit, the 460th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. They made it to the Berghof, Hitler’s retreat in the Bavarian Alps, in the spring of 1945. The war was over when they got there. My grandpa took the flag. A souvenir.