Nashville’s WRKS posted a photo on Instagram on Friday announcing the sale of a Star of David patch that reads “NOT Vaccinated,” according to CNN subsidiary WZTV and WSMV. The post has since been removed.
The caption of the post read: “Patches are here !! They turned out great. 5 ea. Strong adhesive backing …. we will soon be offering trucker caps.”
CNN made several attempts to reach out to the owner of the store, Gigi Gaskins, but received no response.
According to the Holocaust Memorial Center, Jewish people in Europe were legally forced to wear badges as early as the 13th century. The Nazis revived this practice, which facilitated the “separation of Jews from society and the subsequent ghettoization that ultimately led to the deportation and murder of 6 million Jews,” the center’s website says.
After the post was removed, another hatWRKS post on Friday said: “People are so upset about my post? But are you outraged by the tyranny the world is experiencing? If you don’t understand what’s happening, it’s up to you, not you me. ”
Stetson announced its decision to stop selling its products toWRKS hours after he tweeted to investigate the complaints.
Protesters respond to mail
A group of protesters gathered outside the store on Saturday morning with signs saying “No Nazis in Nashville” and “Nashville has condemnedWRKS,” according to a video from WSMV.
“We are here to protest hatred and ignorance about what it is doing by selling yellow stars which symbolize the greatest atrocity the world has ever seen, the loss of 6 million people “Said Ron Rivlin from Nashville WSMV on Saturday in front of the hat shop.
“I think I understand what she was trying, but she just didn’t understand how offensive it is to the Jewish community and everyone,” Rivlin said.
“This is not about vaccines or anti-vaccines. People can make their own choices,” added Rivlin. “Jews had no choice whether to wear this star or not. They were forced to wear this star and that eventually led to their death, ”said Rivlin.
“It’s a terrible idea. It’s a terrible thing,” Roger Abramson, an attorney based in Brentwood, Tennessee, told WSMV.
“There is no way to sensibly associate, to go without Covid vaccinations … and assume that you are in the same place as a Jewish person in Nazi Germany,” Abramson said.
“To me, that’s willful ignorance,” Abramson continued. “The information is out there. People purposely ignore facts, information, and history because they don’t fit what they want to believe, or because they don’t fit a narrative they have.”
Rabbi Laurie Rice of the Micah Congregation in Brentwood told WSMV on Friday that “the use of the yellow star or other Holocaust imagery on anything is really a disservice to the memory of the 6 million Jews who were systematically murdered during the Holocaust.” .
CNN’s Alta Spells contributed to this report.
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