White supremacists love to take nice things and completely ruin them for us, don't they?
Well, in the most recent installment of "things that the alt-right have tainted for us," we have the "OK" hand sign, as it is now been considered as a hate symbol.
The Anti-Defamation League has officially added the sign to their ever-growing database of slogans and symbols that are used by extremists, and the internet cannot contain itself.
Keep scrolling to hear the full story, and to see peoples' excellent responses to this ridiculous story.
When you think of white supremacy...Your mind automatically goes to the swastika or the Ku Klux Klan... Not this innocent hand sign.
But now, this sign has been gathered under the same, hateful umbrella.Because it's just one more thing that white supremacists couldn't resist ruining for us.
To begin...What exactly defines white supremacy?
It is a warped and twisted ideology.White supremacy or white supremacism is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of other races, and therefore should be dominant over them.
They have tainted many things in their time...
With OK (👌) now being classified as a hate symbol, here are two more secret hate signs: 👍 and ✌️ https://t.co/2C7OFO176t— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong)1569552111.0
A quite baffling list of things has been approved as hate symbols in the ADL database...Bowl cuts, boots, and laces apparently mean someone is a white supremacist, according to this website.
And the "OK" hand symbol is the latest victim.A new report by the Anti-Defamation League has explained how this symbol, along with a number of others, have been added to their database of slogans and symbols used by extremists.
Traditionally, there is nothing offensive about the symbol.The finger-and-thumb OK sign is universally known for meaning everything is all right or approval of something.
Not anymore.Because we can't have anything nice in 2019, can we?
White supremacists have claimed the sign as their own.The ADL says that, while not everyone means it to be hateful, the sign has been co-opted by the alt-right, and therefore none of us are allowed to use it anymore. Doesn't seem fair, does it?
It all started out as a hoax.The "OK" hand gesture and its link to white nationalism began as a hoax cooked up by users of the website 4chan, who falsely linked it to white supremacy, according to the ADL.
And it was initially meant to bait the media or people with liberal ideals to overreact...But in 2019, the sign was adopted by some white nationalists. "At least some white supremacists seem to have abandoned the ironic or satiric intent behind the original trolling campaign and used the symbol as a sincere expression of white supremacy," the ADL posted in its report.
Am I the only one who thinks this is all a bit ridiculous?And, does anyone else agree that, by classifying this as one of their symbols, we are only giving them more power?
Thankfully, I'm not alone.
@thehill #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder https://t.co/uRXDwdM1Yr— 🇺🇸Walt❌Putulski🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸Walt❌Putulski🇺🇸)1569503715.0
Twitter has responded fantastically to the whole thing.
@thehill Explain this then? https://t.co/oix50ym7q2— moderate bug (@moderate bug)1569503818.0
People have been pointing out how the symbol has been used by a variety of people over the years...
@thehill Better tell every NBA player... https://t.co/z6KSvs8FkM— Don Johnsonsen (@Don Johnsonsen)1569504034.0
Though some think it could be one big NBA conspiracy...
@thehill this Is all a conspiracy by brons camp to demonize curry. sad! https://t.co/W3lip9li1G— Count Mo (@Count Mo)1569504581.0
Even Beyonce has used it.I mean, if Bey used it, we can all use it.
People aren't letting the alt-right take control...
So the Anti-Defamation league has now deemed the OK hand gesture as offensive as a symbol of white supremacy. Accor… https://t.co/K1IcYg4R7B— ToHellandBack (@ToHellandBack)1569512762.0
Some believe the whole thing has been overhyped.
If you knew, B4 the news making the social media rounds told you, that 8/8 was white supremacy symbol, you're proba… https://t.co/JHOlZK2GQt— Chicks On The Right (@Chicks On The Right)1565287145.0