There’s a handful of stars that are very very far from each other, but when you look from a certain place we call earth, they make the shape of a cross.
It’s the most identifiable constellation in the Southern sky. It’s a nice symbol. Australia’s indigenous people navigated by it. It’s on our flag, as well as the Kiwis’ and half the states in the Pacific.
I kind of liked the idea of a Southern Cross tattoo about five years ago.
But recently, it’s started appearing on bumper stickers and tattoos that make me feel a bit queasy.
(What is it about that font that so effectively implies a threat?)
Now this fella called Warwick is in the paper saying that we shouldn’t let the Southern Cross become a Swastika:
My first thought was: Over-reaction!
But I guess the Swastika was a neutral symbol before it was associated with National Socialism and their expansionist-genocidal agenda.
Maybe the man has a point. The Southern Cross is on our flag, but it’s a steep slippery staircase from the Lookout at National Pride down to the Valley of Nationalism.
How can you take a symbol back? Maybe I should take a deep breath and get inked…. If enough people like me (skinny nerdy, not-racist) got the southern cross tatt, would its power decline? Indicate below if you think I should ink!
Meanwhile, some further reading: Check out this article from the peeps at things bogans like…