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Okay Hand Gesture- Racist Hand Signs
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Posted on 09/27/2019 2:07:56 AM PDT by equaviator

Note: For reasons explained below, particular caution must be used when evaluating this symbol.

The “okay” hand gesture—in which the thumb and index finger touch while the other fingers of the hand are held outstretched—is an obvious and ancient gesture that has arisen in many cultures over the years with different meanings. Today, in a usage that dates to at least as early as 17th century Great Britain, it most commonly signals understanding, consent, approval or well-being. Since the early 1800s, the gesture increasingly became associated with the word “okay” and its abbreviation “ok.”

In 2017, the “okay” hand gesture acquired a new and different significance thanks to a hoax by members of the website 4chan to falsely promote the gesture as a hate symbol, claiming that the gesture represented the letters “wp,” for “white power.” The “okay” gesture hoax was merely the latest in a series of similar 4chan hoaxes using various innocuous symbols; in each case, the hoaxers hoped that the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.

In the case of the “okay” gesture, the hoax was so successful the symbol became a popular trolling tactic on the part of right-leaning individuals, who would often post photos to social media of themselves posing while making the “okay” gesture.

Ironically, some white supremacists themselves soon also participated in such trolling tactics, lending an actual credence to those who labeled the trolling gesture as racist in nature. By 2019, 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, such as when Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant flashed the symbol during a March 2019 courtroom appearance soon after his arrest for allegedly murdering 50 people in a shooting spree at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The overwhelming usage of the “okay” hand gesture today is still its traditional purpose as a gesture signifying assent or approval. As a result, someone who uses the symbol cannot be assumed to be using the symbol in either a trolling or, especially, white supremacist context unless other contextual evidence exists to support the contention. Since 2017, many people have been falsely accused of being racist or white supremacist for using the “okay” gesture in its traditional and innocuous sense.

Other, similar-seeming hand gestures have also been mistakenly assumed to have white supremacist connotations as a result of the “okay” hoax. One of these is the so-called “Circle Game,” in which people attempt to trick each other into looking at an okay-like hand gesture made somewhere below the waist. Another is the hand sign of the Three Percenter movement, a wing of the anti-government extremist militia movement. Three Percenters, who are right-wing extremists but are not typically white supremacists, often make a hand gesture to symbolize their movement that uses the outstretched middle, ring, and pinky fingers to represent a Roman numeral “3.” This gesture, from certain angles, can often resemble an “okay” hand gesture and has been misinterpreted by some as a white supremacist symbol.

Because of the traditional meaning of the “okay” hand gesture, as well as other usages unrelated to white supremacy, particular care must be taken not to jump to conclusions about the intent behind someone who has used the gesture.


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Is it just me or are some people getting a little too hung up on symbolism?
1 posted on 09/27/2019 2:07:56 AM PDT by equaviator
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To: equaviator

Laughable but epic bad timing for hair fashion, though. :)

https://www.instyle.com/hair/bowl-cut-hair-trend?fbclid=IwAR0MQ89smeOw6QY_rRJ52ID-Snm_NOnnWfVleDi1oqm0y4LLgoooL6UrdEE


2 posted on 09/27/2019 2:14:33 AM PDT by Salamander (I May Be Lonely But I'm Never Alone...And The Nights May Pass Me By...But I Never Cry...)
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To: Salamander

Give me a break. Some of these organizations have lost their focus and real purpose for being.


3 posted on 09/27/2019 2:20:58 AM PDT by Destroyer Sailor (Revenge is a dish best served cold.)
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To: Destroyer Sailor

I think they’ve simply lost their minds.


4 posted on 09/27/2019 2:21:46 AM PDT by Salamander (I May Be Lonely But I'm Never Alone...And The Nights May Pass Me By...But I Never Cry...)
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This 👌 is racist? But having your pants down past your ass with your underwear showing is not! Hey, SJW, stop being offended by things that doesn't have anything to do with racism!!!
5 posted on 09/27/2019 2:39:58 AM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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Related thread with 103 comments:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3781573/posts

6 posted on 09/27/2019 2:56:28 AM PDT by Yo-Yo ( is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: equaviator

That is an accurate explanation of the use of the “OK sign” today.

And it explains perfectly why no one should jump to conclusions.


7 posted on 09/27/2019 3:01:36 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: equaviator

Here is another example of the Alinsky takeover of the narrative and manipulation of words and symbols.

The best response is not to react or defend.

Just calling the takeover STUPID, IGNORANT and to BE IGNORED

The only thing that works is to consistently and without let up, marginalize their damned lists.

Make the lists the butt of all jokes and point out that they are lies.

Do not ever engage in trying to PROVE that the leftists are wrong, instead diminish them and their importance in the narrative.


8 posted on 09/27/2019 3:08:08 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Voter ID for 2020!! Leftists totalitarian fascists appear to be planning to eradicate conservatives)
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To: equaviator

I will continue to use the Okay sign as long as I have fingers.


9 posted on 09/27/2019 3:10:05 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("The potential for miscalculation and chaos is substantial." ~ Kevin Williamson)
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No they are manipulating the narrative for their benefit.


10 posted on 09/27/2019 3:10:48 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Voter ID for 2020!! Leftists totalitarian fascists appear to be planning to eradicate conservatives)
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The ADL isn’t a serious organization and no one should really pay them any attention.


11 posted on 09/27/2019 3:32:55 AM PDT by escapefromboston (Free Assange)
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To: equaviator

So, is the NFL and every other officiated game of football going to find way to skip 3rd down?

The “3 fingers” extended to indicate 3rd down is conventionally the last 3 fingers, not the middle 3.

Maybe cease all football for a season or two to re-educate refs at all levels of football on the right level of racial finger sensitivity.

And I won’t even mention the NASCAR 3 finger salute to former #3 Dale Earnhart, certainly those people have no role in a woke society and should just be summarily executed, they can’t be re-trained.


12 posted on 09/27/2019 3:35:47 AM PDT by spiderpig (Does whatever a SpiderPig does)
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It isn’t just the ‘OK’ sign, the moonbats claim the ‘Sun with sunglasses’ emotion is also a white power symbol, which is pure horse$hit.

The ‘Sun with sunglasses’ is used on all the “Like a Boss” youtube clips, and those feature people of every color in the rainbow!


13 posted on 09/27/2019 3:37:27 AM PDT by Beagle8U (It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you place the blame.)
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For me and a lot of frustrated angry Americans at this juncture, THE MIDDLE FINGER RINGS TRUE FOR ALL WHO CALL ME RACIST


14 posted on 09/27/2019 3:43:28 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (nicdip.com)
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...members of the website 4chan...

Shows how much the Anti-Deformation League knows. 4chan doesn't have "members".

15 posted on 09/27/2019 3:46:25 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The Electoral College is the firewall protecting us from massive blue state vote fraud.)
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To: equaviator

Disconcerting. This is one of the only emoticons that my Dad knows how to use.


16 posted on 09/27/2019 3:50:51 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: equaviator

Also, the #9.


17 posted on 09/27/2019 3:56:54 AM PDT by bgill
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To: equaviator
Who knew that Buckwheat was a White Supremacist?


18 posted on 09/27/2019 4:06:27 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: spiderpig

Also basketball refs indicating a 3-point shot.


19 posted on 09/27/2019 4:20:40 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: equaviator

Everything in this country is a symbol of something. Nothing is just what it is. Everything “means” something. NO. Sometimes a red ribbon is just a red ribbon.

The kid who “shapes his fingers into a gun” is arrested and expelled from school for threatening. The pop tart is “chewed into a gun.”

Just a sign of the collective pathology that is sweeping the country.


20 posted on 09/27/2019 4:24:57 AM PDT by I want the USA back (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. Orwell.)
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