Navy covering up swastika barracks

Seen here is a Google Earth image of US Navy barracks in Coronado, California. The US Navy has now budgeted $600,000 to cover up the swastika shape through the installation of solar panels and various landscape modifications. They were encouraged to do the modifications by several parties, including US Rep Susan Davis, Anti-Defamation League regional director Morris Casuto, and radio talk show host Dave vonKleist.
 Media Photo 2007-09 32801060 Navy officials say the shape of the buildings, designed by local architect John Mock, was not noted until after the groundbreaking in 1967 -- and since it was not visible from the ground, a decision was made not to make any changes...

"I don't ascribe any intentionally evil motives to this," Casuto said, referring to the design. "It just happened. The Navy has been very good about recognizing the problem. The issue is over."
Link (Thanks, Paul Saffo!)

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  1. If you zoom out the satellite image, you’ll realize that the building’s shape makes sense in context. It’s two jets about to bomb the Nazis. A bit outdated, but interesting nonetheless. I still see their reason, but I think people should at least get why they did it in the first place.

  2. What a waste of money. It’s just a building with 8
    sections, arranged to form 4 courtyards open at one
    end. If people think it looks like a swastika from
    the air, people shouldn’t look at aerial photos of
    it.

    Besides, the swastika has existed in many cultures
    centuries before the Nazi party adopted it. If it
    were a heavy black swastika inside a white circle
    inside a red rectangle, then I’d be concerned.

    It’s really annoying when people construe things
    like this as anti-Semitic when that is obviously
    not the intention. I can think of a lot better
    uses for $600,000.

  3. Such a waste of money. There’s nothing wrong with the swastika – it’s about time we stop obsessing about it.

  4. I wouldn’t say NOTHING is wrong with the Swastika. That’s like saying nothing is wrong with giving people the finger because some cultures think that’s a sign of affection…

  5. I’m sure the ADL will have a fundraiser to reimburse the $600K their hypersensitivity cost taxpayers. After all, they wouldn’t want to play into the anti-Semitic stereotype of being “careful with money.”

  6. All they needed to do was add four covered patios, changing it into a plus inside a square. I would have done that for them for only $100,000!

  7. I was stationed at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado back in the mid-90’s and noticed it on a map of the base … the people I showed it to at work thought I was crazy.

  8. Man, that building ~in context~ with the other two looks pretty awesome.

    It looks like an Apple //e game or something.

  9. Nobody noticed it until until after the groundbreaking in 1967?

    Didn’t they draw up site plans for this thing?

    If it was a typical Navy project, it was probably approved by several dozen engineers and Navy personnel, all of whom should have seen the plans –

  10. Does this qualify as some sort of Architectural-Terrorism?

    But seriously the building layout actually makes a lot of sense, you get four arms for living space, and each arm has it’s own courtyard and green space for the residents.

    So as well as TV and radio, and print being monitored by people to protect us from anything offensive, are there now people using Google Earth to scour every inch of America to look for any architecture that could be offensive?

    It makes me want to see a large housing development built in the shape of a hand giving the finger.

  11. Does this qualify as some sort of Architectural-Terrorism?

    But seriously the building layout actually makes a lot of sense, you get four arms for living space, and each arm has it’s own courtyard and green space for the residents.

    So as well as TV and radio, and print being monitored by people to protect us from anything offensive, are there now people using Google Earth to scour every inch of America to look for any architecture that could be offensive?

    It makes me want to see a large housing development built in the shape of a hand giving the finger.

  12. The so called “swastika” does not belong to the nazis. They appropriated it and it’s time to take it back. It’s ridiculous that we should relinquish a simple geometric pattern that Chinese people have been using for thousands of years. If you get up in arms every time you see this symbol, you only give power to it. Meanwhile actual fascism can run rampant right under everyone’s noses.

  13. As several other people have noted, the swastika is not necessarily only a Nazi symbol. It predates national socialism by thousands of years, is seen in Mediterranean, middle eastern, and far eastern art (native American too I think), and is considered a symbol for Buddhism (in fact, in Taipei Taiwan the swastika appears on subway maps to denote Buddhist temples.)

    But OH the HORROR that people flying overhead might see an offensive symbol. Next thing you know they’ll fill in the Snake River gorge because maybe someone will think it resembles a vagina.

  14. I think an important point to be made here is that the swastika throughout its very long history has more often than not been rendered counter-clockwise, rather than clockwise. Hitler adopted the symbol and flipped it around.

    This swastika is a Nazi swastika, not a Chinese, Buddhist or Native-American swastika. That’s all irrelevant.

    It is clearly made to look as though two planes are coming to bomb the Nazi swastika. The architect’s message here is anti-Nazi. How is that offensive to anyone but Nazis?

    Are these people context-illiterate? The culture of the politically correct in this country has truly grown extreme (and idiotic). $600,000? Are you f-ing serious?

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