The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has found the largest shark they could and jumped it as they have now labeled the commonly used “OK” sign as a symbol of white supremacy.
According to The Hill, the ADL added the hand sign to its “hate on display” database, alongside the burning cross and swastika, and the bowl haircut of the Charleston shooter:
“Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, said in a statement.
“We believe law enforcement and the public needs to be fully informed about the meaning of these images, which can serve as a first warning sign to the presence of haters in a community or school.”
The “OK” sign has become popular in recent years among far-right extremists and white supremacists who use it to make the letter shapes for “w” and “p,” which stand for “white power.”
If you think this is a bit ridiculous, and going way too far, you’re not alone. The internet responded to this overblown nonsense exactly the way it should. Responding to The Hill’s post, many posted pictures of celebrities and politicians, many of whom are not white, using the “OK” symbol.
— 🇺🇸Walt❌Putulski🇺🇸 (@WaltPutulski) September 26, 2019
— Lisa George (@pendragons411) September 26, 2019
Explain this then? pic.twitter.com/oix50ym7q2
— Political Humor Page (@philly_proud) September 26, 2019
— Mr ❤️✝️ Pullarius (@kurkanawacie) September 26, 2019
— Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (@LydiaRodarte) September 26, 2019
this Is all a conspiracy by brons camp to demonize curry. sad! pic.twitter.com/W3lip9li1G
— Count Mo (@DrMosesAB) September 26, 2019
— Password is Taco (@pw_is_taco1) September 26, 2019
Better tell every NBA player… pic.twitter.com/z6KSvs8FkM
— Don Johnsonsen (@EMTMind) September 26, 2019
Or, perhaps this? pic.twitter.com/4bYT7oArXG
— Heeere's Jonny (@jonsgardner) September 26, 2019
The ADL received much of the same kind of response when it posted a video explaining its decision, as well as the history of the “OK” sign, as well as articles about the “bowl cut” being a consistently chosen hairstyle for many.
Great idea! pic.twitter.com/BmR9fl5vVJ
— Nerd Immunity (@Bashflak) September 26, 2019
This list includes bowl-cuts. pic.twitter.com/kXS77GiLXl
— Sam Mathai (@sam_mathai) September 26, 2019
All the nba players who make 3s and make that symbol are also white supremacists I guess…🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/Ptv8ZDMuQo
— pete h. (@petehern420) September 26, 2019
The truth is that the “OK” symbol is so widely used that calling it a white supremacist sign because 4Chan successfully memed it so as a hoax doesn’t make it a white supremacist sign. Everyone uses it, has used it, or will use it as a sign to indicate that a thing or situation is good.
The only people creating hate symbols here are the ADL. If they didn’t put so much time and effort into making mountains out of molehills, the OK symbol would go right back to being what it always has been and no one would have thought otherwise. Instead, the ADL, as they usually do, are throwing as much gas on the flames as they can by making it a big deal.
In effect, the ADL is creating these hate symbols by putting so much focus on them, not the public.