Georgia School Receives Backlash as its new Logo Closely Resembles Nazi Symbolism...
This also isn't the first case of a Cobb County school having issues with antisemitism...
An Atlanta area elementary school’s implementation of a new logo has been stopped due to many criticisms of the logo looking awfully similar to Nazi symbolism. The school district defended the logo saying. it is based on the United States Army Colonel’s Eagle Wings.
“We understand and strongly agree that similarities to Nazi symbolism are unacceptable, although this design was based on the U.S. Army colonel's eagle wings, stakeholder input has been and continues to be important to our schools."
The school said in a statement.
A message notified parents that the new logo was meant to “represent the eagle soaring into excellence and to honor the history of the great school.” However, the district has since begun to create new logos.
“I don’t want to see my kids wearing that on their shirt. Really it’s a big oversight of the county and everyone involved in the process who reviewed that, to not call out the fact that this looks like Nazi iconography. Or maybe, who knows, somebody did call it out and it wasn’t heard.”
Mike Albuquerque, the father of two students at the school, said.
To make matters worse, the East Side Elementary school is right across the street from a synagogue. Rabbi Amanda Flaks said she had to take a double take of the logo. She said, “I thought, ‘That looks off. That makes me uncomfortable,’ and I came back to it a few times and I felt more and more uncomfortable and sick each time.”
“My children are great-grandchildren of someone who fled the Nazi regime in Germany and survived the Holocaust,” Rabbi Amanda Flaks added. Stacy Efart also voiced her outrage saying, “I want to see the logo not only taken away I want a direct apology to our community. Not just the Jewish community but the entire community.”
“This is not the first time Cobb County schools have been tone-deaf to antisemitism. Pretending that antisemitism doesn’t exist won’t make it go away. The children who attend Cobb County schools — and their families — deserve better.”
Dov Wilker, director of the American Jewish Committee Atlanta region, said.