Monday, 2 May 2016

Are Volkswagen Fanboys the Most Anti-Semitic Car Enthusiasts?

Volkswagen Golf with Jüw Brner novelty plate, Image: Supplied by Ed Covert via Facebook
Last week, we pondered a semi-subtle Nazi-themed decal applied to the rear window of a Volkswagen CC (that obviously blocked the driver’s rearview of history). After we posted that piece, another reader supplied the image above, which shows a Volkswagen GTI sporting a novelty plate that directly links the Führer’s People’s Car with the Nazi execution of nearly 6 million Jews.
Are Volkswagen fanboys the most likely car enthusiast group to show full-on anti-Semitism?

The display of racist imagery isn’t limited to just Volkswagen, or just the Nazis. One only needs to look to (predominately) rural America and Canada (we see it lots here) to find many Confederate flags affixed to pickups and the like. The racism attached to the Confederate flag is usually thinly veiled with explanations of “Dukes of Hazzard” fandom or having a relative who fought for the South in the American Civil War.
Just last year, a group protested Kid Rock’s use of the Confederate flag at concerts and called on General Motors to stop sponsoring his tour. Even pro-golfer Bubba Watson got caught up in the fervour surrounding the Confederate flag when he promised to paint over the imagery on his authentic General Lee Charger.
Debate continues over the Confederate flag’s appearance on state-issued license plates. Maryland phased out license plates featuring the Confederate flag after a federal ruling on the matter, which followed Texas and Virginia. Georgia, however, continues to sell Confederate-themed license plates — the proceeds of which partially fund the Sons of Confederate Veterans — after sales of that plate were temporarily suspended.
Yet, no such thin veil is used for this Volkswagen novelty plate. And though Daimler made some impressive machines for Hitler during Nazi rule in Germany, we’ve yet to see a C-Class festooned with swastikas.

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