Incidentally, for people going “I wish all the nazistuck drama would just stop”, welcome to my life.
This is just drama for you. It’s just someone choosing a bad costume and other people calling them out on it (or being oversensitive~ and forgetting to think about the poor Germans).
It’s not just drama for me. I am brown. I grew up in Austria. I grew up with my female cousins having rocks thrown at them as they walked home from school, with a stranger walking up to one of them and punching them in the eye, with being surrounded by guys on the bus and having ethnic slurs thrown my way (and then having the bus driver try to kick us all off together where I would be alone and vulnerable and outnumbered), with men coming up to the bus where my mother was seated and punching it under her window and trying to shake it.
I had a guy hit on me and later his friends told me that he has a swastika tattooed on his chest because he used to be a Neo-Nazi. And then they tried to convince me to go out with him anyway. Because clearly my safety and my right to not date people with racist emblems on their body is less important than their friend getting laid despite having preached Nazi doctrines and done who the fuck knows what else.
This isn’t something that I can walk away from because it happens by virtue of me existing. People choose to take offense to my existence based off nothing more than the color of my skin. They choose to hurt me, to harass me, to make it clear that I am less than human.
I can’t do anything about that except fight against people like that and fight the idea that it’s somehow okay or somehow doesn’t matter. Because it’s just “drama”.
Wearing a Nazi costume is the same as wearing a Klu Klux Klan costume. Neo-Nazis are still here and they’ll be encouraged to see you support them. That you think that the oppression, persecution, harassment and outright murder of people of color, homosexuals, Jews, etc is a good idea. They will think that you’re on their side.
And me? I’ll think that too. Because this is my life and my experience, if it looks like a Nazi, dresses like a Nazi and spouts the same Nazi-apologist bullshit as Nazis, it’s a Nazi. And that means they’re probably going to attack me, physically, verbally or sexually.
So it’s great that it’s just drama for you. It’s great that you can just ignore posts about it or scroll past. I don’t have that luxury because when they start throwing rocks, it’s me they aim at.