[Ads-l] Popular faux etymology of current use of "snowflake"

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 3 13:12:48 EDT 2017


Although I don’t know how this meme is viewed from the right, from the left, this term has been largely reclaimed:

1. #Snowflake
from The Anti-TRUMP Storefront
https://teespring.com/Im-a-snowflake#pid=369&cid=6513&sid=back <https://teespring.com/Im-a-snowflake#pid=369&cid=6513&sid=back>

2. "Hell Yeah, I’m a Snowflake.” 
Jeff Sharon
23 January 2017
http://www.hypeorlando.com/millennial-mile/2017/01/23/hell-yeah-im-a-snowflake/ <http://www.hypeorlando.com/millennial-mile/2017/01/23/hell-yeah-im-a-snowflake/>

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It’s time to embrace them in the face of tyranny. By 2020, I’d like to see blue hats, shirts, and bumper stickers all over the country sporting snowflakes with greater frequency than those red trucker caps

[graphic] BRACE YOURSELVES / WINTER IS COMING
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3. Posts from March where it’s still derogatory
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-13/wheres-safe-space-inside-most-censorious-college-campuses <http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-13/wheres-safe-space-inside-most-censorious-college-campuses>

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 26 Jan 2017, at 05:43, Bonnie Taylor-Blake <b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Here's a nice piece on the true origin of "snowflake" (a pejorative for
> overly sensitive, progressives, etc.),
> 
> https://thinkprogress.org/all-the-special-snowflakes-aaf1a922f37b#.oi1tzumor
> 
> Comments and work by Jonathon Green, Ben Yagoda, and Emily Brewster are
> featured in this article.
> 
> But note a persistent, pernicious faux origin story that's popular on
> Twitter (and elsewhere, I'm sure).  For example, see
> 
> https://twitter.com/Mikeyabcdefg/status/823354483656704000
> 
> The text reads:
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> 
> When trumps supporters call u snowflake this is what they mean!
> 
> Concentration camp victims were called "snowflakes" by the Nazis,
> referencing ashes falling from crematorium chimneys.
> 
> --------------------------------------------
> 
> I became aware of this bit of etymythology a few days ago.  Dan Evon of
> snopes.com has since written up an analysis of this alternate fact.
> 
> http://www.snopes.com/snowflake-nazi-term-holocaust/
> 
> -- Bonnie


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