The owner of a Nashville hat store is being accused of anti-Semitism after announcing the sale of yellow Star of David badges, similar to the ones Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust, which read “NOT VACCINATED.”
Nashville’s hatWRKS posted a photo on Instagram on Friday announcing the sale of a Star of David patch that says “NOT VACCINATED,” according to CNN affiliates WZTV and WSMV. The post has since been removed. The caption on the post read: “patches are here!! they turned out great. $5ea. strong adhesive back …. we’ll be offering trucker caps soon.”
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After the post was removed, another hatWRKS post from Friday said, “people are so outraged by my post? but are you outraged with the tyranny the world is experiencing? if you don’t understand what is happening, that is on you, not me.” Western apparel maker Stetson announced Saturday evening it was cutting ties with the store. “As a result of the offensive content and opinions shared by hatWRKS in Nashville, Stetson and our distribution partners will cease the sale of all Stetson products,” the company said on Twitter. Stetson announced its decision to stop selling its products to hatWRKS hours after tweeting it was investigating the complaints.
Jewish people in Europe were legally forced to wear badges as far back as the 13th century, according to the Holocaust Memorial Center. The Nazis resurrected this practice, which facilitated the Jews’ “separation from society and subsequent ghettoization, which ultimately led to the deportation and murder of 6 million Jews,” the center’s website says. A group of demonstrators gathered outside the store Saturday morning with signs that read “No Nazis in Nashville” and “Nashville condemns hatWRKS,” according to video from WSMV [CNN].
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE TIMES OF ISRAEL