Why white nationalists are misappropriating Red Wings logo

The familiar winged-wheel logo is one of the more iconic emblems in hockey, if not the North American sports scene.

So why is the Detroit Red Wings’ storied symbol being used by at least one white nationalist group?

The issue was brought to the forefront by events this weekend at the violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., where many white nationalists were carrying signs sporting the Red Wings logo. In some instances, the spokes in the wheel were altered to represent the Nazi SS logo.

How did this happen? The Web site The Russian Machine Never Breaks offered this explanation:

“A group of white nationalists called the Detroit Right Wings have appropriated the team’s winged wheel logo, sticking it on the shields they carry.

The Detroit Right Wings (motto:¬†Rust Reforged!) are a Michigan-based group of Identitarians, an anti-immigrant vein of white nationalism that counts Richard Spencer among its proponents.”

According to the Washington Post, this Identitarian movement began in Europe but has spread to North America in recent years.

The Detroit Right Wings had been using the altered Red Wings logo on its Twitter account, which was taken down Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings were quick to condemn the usage Saturday, saying in a statement that the organization “vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va. The

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2017/08/why_white_supremacists_are_mis.html

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