I trust the message of this image is obvious to Newspaper Rock readers. The swastika belongs to "skins" (Indians), not skinheads (Nazis).
Some of the many answers (edited slightly to increase readability):
This symbol was used on Navajo Rugs long before Hitler was born.
... in [a] heart beat. I would rep this so hard...
I don't think I could wear it Ryan, I know that Indians had it first, but just what the Nazis turned the symbol into and all the hate that it resonated, nah, I wouldn't wear it.
I get it, but I'd still like it better if it just said SKIN. I'd sport it, I've seen Natives reclaiming it all over the place lately. Don't be scared to offend, it's an educational piece. It's woven in our baskets from hundreds of years ago.
I support reclaiming the swastika for its pre-20th century meanings, but nope, don't like getting beat up.
Traditional Indians might get it, but nobody else would. Sometimes I hate giving a dissertation on a t-shirt.
How much are they?
Naaaaaaaaaaa...wouldn't want to misidentified as a Nazi.
I'd say no. I'll probably get my ass shot down for this, but: the dominant culture has no idea the symbol was used in either Native America or Asia long before the NAZIs, and the NAZIs are in recent memory. Education is awesome, but I think I'd get a fist in my face before anyone asked me what I was wearing--exacerbated by the fact that I don't look like a Plains Indian, which I think is the only kind of Native non-Natives are aware of....
It is a Nazi symbol now...I don't think we can take it back....
No Ryan, I would not wear that. Hitler totally ruined the meaning of that symbol, regardless of who used it first.
For those who don't know it, a brief history of the swastika:
The symbol has an ancient history, appearing on artifacts from Indo-European cultures such as the Indo-Aryans, Persians, Hittites, Slavs, Celts and Greeks, among others. The earliest consistent use of swastika motifs in the archaeological record date to the Neolithic.
Native American traditions
The swastika shape was used by some Native Americans. It has been found in excavations of Mississippian-era sites in the Ohio valley. It was widely used by many southwestern tribes, most notably the Navajo.
As the symbol of Nazism
The use of the swastika was associated by Nazi theorists with their conjecture of Aryan cultural descent of the German people. Following the Nordicist version of the Aryan invasion theory, the Nazis claimed that the early Aryans of India, from whose Vedic tradition the swastika sprang, were the prototypical white invaders. It was also widely believed that the Indian caste system had originated as a means to avoid racial mixing.
I posted this response to Red Corn's poll:
If you want to tell people that the swastika is an ancient Native symbol, I think you need a more informative design. Most people won't get the message from this.
If Red Corn thinks a t-shirt is enough to reclaim the swastika, I'd have to disagree. You might be able to reclaim it with a massive PR campaign lasting decades--i.e., long enough to overcome the taint of Nazism. But would it be worth the expense and effort? Probably not.
I'd say continue using the swastika on Navajo rugs and other Native art. When used it in this manner, the art gives it context. It informs viewers that it's a Native symbol, not a Nazi symbol.
But don't wear a single swastika with an oblique message and expect people to get it. Even after you explain yourself, they may not believe you. They'll probably think you're pretending to honor the Native symbol so you can parade your Nazism in public.
For more on the subject, see Swastikas = Mascots at UND.
Below: "Basketball team on Home 1 Steps, 1909. This photograph is part of a series of glass plate negatives used by the Chilocco Indian School print shop in publishing the Indian School Journal."