Backwards swastika graffiti: vandalism or good luck?



Posted on January 15, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 2:06 AM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho-- The owner of The Law Shop in Downtown found graffiti of what appeared to be a swastika on his building, however it was painted backward.

Law Shop owner and human rights activist, Cecil Kelly, said he handles divorce papers, name changes and other legal documents while submitting editorials for the local newspaper.

Kelly said the backwards symbol could be a good omen.

“This is more like an India swastika,” Kelly said. “One good luck sign you see in India.”

A passerby, Matthew Bennett agreed.

“Since it’s reverse, it’s possible they had something in mind besides the actual swastika,” Bennett said.

Regardless, Kelly was not happy about having to clean it up.

“You put those signs on your own property,” he said. “You don’t put them on strangers’ property. Especially of people who’ve been in the human rights movement for the last 20, 30 years.”

Kelly said he was not offended by the graffiti, which could have been painted by anyone.

“If you’re a human rights person, you expect to have people mad at you,” he said. “I’m just so lucky I got a little of it because a lot of my friends have received death threats.

Kelly said he planned to paint over the symbol in the upcoming weekend.