The Anti-Defamation League has added the thumb-and-forefinger “OK” hand symbol to its online “Hate on Display” database, the place it sits alongside Klan robes, swastikas, and different inflammatory memes – simply as 4chan supposed.
The gesture – which the ADL claimed is a sign for “white power” – joined the group’s ever-lengthening listing of hate symbols together with 35 different memes, together with the bowl haircut sported by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, the Jewish-stereotype cartoon of the “Happy Merchant,” and the slogan “It’s OK to be white.” The listing has 214 entries, from the apparent (burning crosses) to the weird (over a dozen numbers together with 12, 13, 14, 28, 109, and 110).
Explaining that OK is “used by many on the right – not just extremists – for the purpose of trolling liberals” in addition to purportedly expressing help for white supremacy, the group warns would-be hate-hunters that “caution must be used in evaluating instances of this symbol’s use.” The ADL plans to distribute a brochure together with the brand new symbols and their descriptions to regulation enforcement and college districts across the nation.
The transfer represented a reversal for the ADL, which launched a press release in 2017 explaining that the symbol was a “popular trolling gesture” with its origins in a prank devised by posters on the nameless message board 4chan.
“Operation O-KKK” noticed a legion of trolls flood social media and civil rights teams with claims the “OK” gesture was a symbol of white supremacy, full with strains tracing how one may discern the letters W and P (for “white power”) within the gesture.
Many had been indignant at having the ever present gesture classed as hateful.
“I use it typically, by no means as a hate symbol, and I’m not letting the ADL comply with some pranksters on 4-Chan into making the OK hand signal some sort of secret Klan gang sign,” one Twitter person said.
“This decision by the ADL isn’t just dumb, it’s dangerous,”said one other.