Results for - Chicago TV Station Used Worst Possible Image On Segment About Jewish High Holidays
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What started off as a tribute to Jewish High Holy Days quickly turned offensive when a TV news station displayed the yellow Star of David during a live broadcast. A Chicago TV news station made a big mistake Wednesday by choosing a very offensive image to coincide with a segment about the Jewish High Holidays including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The station displayed the yellow Star of David that Jewish people were required to wear during the Holocaust-- a symbol meant to degrade and humiliate the Jews during that time. The station apologized and explained that the symbol was from a stock image bank and they didn't recognize the symbol as offensive.
1. Do you believe that this a simple mistake?
No way! This is so offensive--it would be like using a KKK picture to honor Martin Luther King
Yes, I think it was an honest mistake, made by someone who was not familiar with that time
2. There are certain symbols that are associated with a time and place, and even though they may have originally been associated with something entirely different, no one really thinks of the initial meaning of these symbols. For example the swastika is a very old symbol with use widespread throughout the world. Sometimes referred to as a "Gammadion" "Hakenkreuz" or a "Flyfot," it traditionally had been a sign of good fortune and well being The word "swastika" is derived from the Sanskrit "su" meaning "well" and "asti" meaning "being." It also is considered to be a representation of the sun and is associated with the worship of Aryan sun gods. It is a symbol in both Jainism and Buddhism, as well as a Nordic runic emblem and a Navajo sign. However, since Hitler chose this symbol as the emblem of racial purity displayed on a red background "to win over the worker, in the National Socialist Party in 1920" , this symbol has now become to be associated with the Nazi party and the holocaust-- a symbol of hatred. Did you know this about the swastika?
3. Here are some other symbols that have changed over time, to refer to something different than they originally did. How many of these did you already know about?
The Star of David was originally a symbol in Hinduism representing the Anahata, the fourth primary chakra, an energy point of the body.
The “Jesus Fish” was actually used by several pagan cultures to symbolize fertility -- the “Great Mother,” and some say that the shape symbolized her womb.
The "skull and crossbones" we associate with pirates or poison actually was from the Spanish to label cemeteries
The devil horns we associate with metal music is actually an ancient mudra—karana, or “gesture of banishing,” used to ward off evil.
The peace symbol was actually designed to symbolize British nuclear disarmament.
Not aware of any of these