WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A California man’s new front yard display has prompted complaints from his neighbors because it symbolizes hate, racism and Nazism.
- Steve Johnson, a homeowner at El Sobrante, put a giant concrete swastika on his front lawn but he claims that “It’s a Tibetan symbol.”
- He continued by saying that “I own this house, I’ll put what I want. It ain’t none of your guys’ business,” he told ABC affiliate KGO.
Neighbors in the quiet, residential neighborhood in El Sobrante in Contra Costa County, California are complaining about a homeowner’s new lawn display.
Steve Johnson, recently placed a giant concrete swastika on his front yard. The symbol represents hate, racism and Nazism in history. But Johnson claims it has nothing to do with Adolf Hitler or the Third Reich.
“It’s a Tibetan symbol. That’s a life symbol,” he told local Fox news affiliate KTVU. “The Tibetan priests used to have that way before Hitler was even thought of.”
Many Eastern religions use what is known as a Swastik, which looks similar to the symbol used by Nazi Germany, San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO reported. However, The Tibetan symbol typically has arms pointing counter-clockwise, while the swastika adopted by the Nazis has arms pointing clockwise, like the symbol in Johnson’s yard, according to KGO.
Johnson told reporters he made the symbol to match those on his handrail and doorbell.
“I own this house, I’ll put what I want. It ain’t none of your guys’ business. I like those signs. Think they look cool. I like them,” he told the media outlet.
Whether displayed on private property or not, neighbors are still complaining, saying it is inappropriate.
Johnson’s neighbor, Renee Schultz, who also happened to be Jewish found the symbol offensive.
“Yes! On behalf of Jews that died with that – yes, absolutely!” Schultz said.
Meanwhile, local resident Vince Poehnelt said the swastika display was “stupid” and that it kills the retail value of the home and “everyone on the street.”
“I’m very ashamed of it,” he told KPIX 5.
Source: Fox News