Okay, so you're saying that because it's historically engraved, that the war crimes committed under it are null in regards to it? I'm not advocating for a ban of the swastika or the rising sun flag, but you should learn to accept the responsibility and burden of many atrocities unto these flags and symbols.
These symbols can be used in the context of imperialism or fascism. However, that does not make every one of their uses an instance of support for imperialism or fascism, nor does it make their users responsible for imperialism or fascism or require them to (somehow?) bear the burden of imperialism or fascism that they did not commit, did not benefit from, and do not condone.
The Confederacy owned slaves, big deal.
I completely agree. I don't think slavery was actually an atrocious violation of human rights. Similarly, I would agree that rape isn't that bad- because, hey, at least you're not being killed.
In fact, the only really bad
thing in the world is the absolute worst thing possible, because everything else has something worse that you can imagine- and therefore isn't bad at all, at least not a "big deal."
In regards to your grandparents, it really matters most on how the swastika is angled. If at 90 degrees, it is completely fine, but if under 45,it should be considered no better than hitler's flag.
Er... that's not actually a useful rule. People try to distinguish "Hitler's Swastika" from other swastikas- for example, it's "backwards" (nope- swastikas can be clockwise or counterclockwise) or "at a different angle" (again, this symbol predates history- it's been used in more ways than you can imagine).
Edited 6/27/2015 07:59:35