A guide to hate symbols at the Capitol riots


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The sweatshirt, spotted amid the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, seemed designed to provoke fear.

“Camp Auschwitz,” it read, along with the message “Work brings freedom” — a rough translation of the message that greeted Jewish prisoners at the infamous Nazi concentration camp.

The back of the shirt said “Staff.”

A photo of the man wearing the sweatshirt was just one of the images of hateful symbols that have circulated from the mob, whose violence led to four deaths and wreaked havoc on Congress. Confederate flags and nooses were among the overt hate signs that the insurrection brought into the Capitol…

Other slogans — on flags, clothing or signs — were code for a gamut of conspiracy theories and extremist ideologies. Here’s what you need to know about them and the far-right movements they represent.

Click the link up top, first two words of this post, and carry on through the entire piece. Many of you may know of the detail and depth of Nazi arrogance these criminals embrace. My peers in movements against racism, bigotry, fighting for international peace…never forget. Some of you may need to learn.

It’s been about 50 years since I visited Auschwitz. An international memorial, now, to the millions, who died at the hands of fascist Germany. I was there with a woman a couple decades older than me. Her husband, her two sons, were murdered there. She escaped to the Soviet Union – and then courageously went back into Poland, into the Underground Resistance, to help organize more escapes from that pit of death and torture.

One of the bravest people I’ve ever known.

5 thoughts on “A guide to hate symbols at the Capitol riots

  1. Aimee says:

    Hi, Mr. Eideard. A longtime lurker/reader, I’ve been receiving notifications of your blog posts since 2015. I just wanted to thank you for what you do. I work full time in a job that doesn’t pay enough to live so have a side-business to make ends meet, which means I’m always working. As much as I “want to know,” I haven’t had the time/opportunity to gain experience to sift through the shallow/bullshit corp-profit media to reach real informative articles from a broad selection of sources and subjects.

    The fact that you inform me on “green” technology anywhere in the world, share funny/weird human interest stories, are firmly liberal but still link to intelligent conservatism you can respect (because I can’t find my own examples!), will make remarks to express your educated opinion on matters but never feel like you’re preaching, just asking someone to “RTFA” and think for themselves, and you don’t suffer fools or entertain their hubris/greedy claims has been very much valued for several years. You’re the best kind of teacher for me far beyond school (I’m in my 40s), and no doubt for others.

    I was looking for an article which a thorough list of the symbols/groups at the Capitol this week, but couldn’t find an article that had more than 3, maybe 4. I’m dismayed but unsurprised that you found this article from a Jewish news source, established 1917, which is the most complete I’ve see so far. Much appreciated. Keep doing your good work. 🙂

    • eideard says:

      RTFA is the best I can do. If I find something interesting to me…accurate, truthful…there’s nothing but positives, understanding, learning, that can come from pointing other folks in the same direction. Thanks, much, for the compliments. I appreciate that.

  2. 4therecord says:

    “The insurrectionist mob that showed up at the president’s behest and stormed the U.S. Capitol was overwhelmingly made up of longtime Trump supporters, including Republican Party officials, GOP political donors, far-right militants, white supremacists, and adherents of the QAnon myth that the government is secretly controlled by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophile cannibals. Records show that some were heavily armed and included convicted criminals, such as a Florida man recently released from prison for attempted murder.
    The Associated Press reviewed social media posts, voter registrations, court files and other public records for more than 120 people either facing criminal charges related to the Jan. 6 unrest or who, going maskless amid the pandemic, were later identified through photographs and videos taken during the melee.
    The evidence gives lie to claims by right-wing pundits and Republican officials such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., that the violence was perpetrated by left-wing antifa thugs rather than supporters of the president.” https://apnews.com/article/us-capitol-trump-supporters-1806ea8dc15a2c04f2a68acd6b55cace

  3. Update says:

    “Pro-Trump heavy metal guitarist reportedly identified as Capitol rioter” https://nypost.com/2021/01/15/pro-trump-heavy-metal-guitarist-idd-as-capitol-rioter-report/
    several people have identified Jon Schaffer as the man seen with his mouth agape in an FBI poster seeking out the rioters who “made unlawful entry” into the Capitol during an attack that left five people dead, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.
    “Chicago man allegedly told feds ‘Wow you are pretty good’ when shown his picture of Pelosi sign from US Capitol” https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/1/13/22229436/chicago-man-facing-federal-charges-following-last-weeks-u-s-capitol-riot
    A Chicago man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges alleging he participated in last week’s mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, posting a photo of the plaque outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ransacked office. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-chicago-man-charged-us-capitol-riot-20210113-jblarjpwmbaapo6dvw6pufvq5y-story.html
    See also https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-affidavit-trump-kevin-lyons-evidence-nice-lady-big-boss-2021-1 and

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