ADL Adds 'OK' Hand Gesture To List Of Hate Symbols

The Anti-Defamation League has added the “OK” hand gesture and 35 other images and slogans to its list of hate symbols.

New York, NY - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has added the “okay” hand gesture and 35 other images and slogans to its list of hate symbols.

“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,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a press release on Thursday.

“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,” Greenblatt added.

The myth that the okay sign actually means "white power" was started by internet trolls on 4chan, an anonymous message board, in February of 2017, the ADL previously said.

“We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy,” the anonymous poster wrote, according to the civil rights organization. “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that s--t.”

Users encouraged people to perpetuate the hoax using hashtags such as #PowerHandPrivilege and #NotOkay, created fake social media and email accounts, and bombarded journalists and civil rights organizations with the misinformation.

But in 2019, the hand gesture “was being used in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy,” the ADL said on Thursday.

The civil rights organization also noted that a white supremacist accused of murdering 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March was photographed flashing the OK sign in court after he was arrested, CNN reported.

It appears that the killer was making the sign for the "circle game" rather than trying to flash the OK sign.

Also added to the list was the bowl-cut image or emoji that white supremacists allegedly use to symbolize another white supremacist who sported the haircut when he murdered nine black people at a South Carolina church in 2015.

The “Happy Merchant” meme, which depicts a Jewish man “with heavily stereotyped facial features who is greedily rubbing his hands together,” has also been designated as a hate symbol, according to the ADL’s press release.

The ADL denounced the slogans “Diversity=White Genocide” and “It’s Okay to be White,” as well as a slew of logos associated with various hate groups.

The image of a man wearing a crescent moon costume – dubbed the “Moon Man” – was added to the list because some alleged white supremacists have made videos of the character rapping racist lyrics, CNN reported.

"These are the latest calling cards of hate," ADL Center on Extremism Senior Fellow Mark Pitcavage said in the press release. "We pay special attention to those symbols that exhibit staying power as well as those that move from online usage into the real world."

Comments (49)
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flybynight
flybynight

👌with me.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Its 👌 to be white!! Or whatever color you feel like that day according to liberals and the LGBQABC group.

JBo
JBo

Unbelievable. This is a gesture that's been used for generations worldwide in English speaking countries for...OK.

flybynight
flybynight

Got to love that pic!!!!

DeplorableDave
DeplorableDave

I wonder if they will ever also denounce the MANY various celebrities and politicians of all different ethnicities on the left who have been videoed and photographed also using the ok sign. Doubt it, because that's how they are. Hypocrite liberals.

JBo
JBo

I hope they don't target sign language for the hearing impaired...heads will start exploding.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Liberalism, Political Correctness and the Leftist Ideology have Ruined the World!!!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This reminds me of on of the funniest videos I have ever seen... enjoy... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6tEWWmdOyI

floridacop
floridacop

What gets me is that it was not until now that people have a problem with some of the jesters like the ok sign. If they have their way no one will speak to each other or wave because it offense people. Give it a break people

LEO0301
LEO0301

These people are certifiably insane.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Well 👌 then. And🖕🏼 to the ADL and all the other progressive liberal groups. What next, back to claiming this 🤘🏼 is the sing of the 😈? IS this 🖖🏼 and anti-alien sign? These people are full of 💩. Bunch of 🤡🤡🤡 and 🐈🐈🐈. Scared little 🐁🐀🐁.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

How do we get a list of the other 35?

Back'nTheBlue
Back'nTheBlue

🤔 I wonder if the 👍is a "hate symbol"... probably will be soon enough.. but that's 👌 too.. The Leftist have totally lost it.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

People have turned stupid!!!! Nothing more to say, What in the world has happened, we've turned into a bunch of morons, like AOC and the rest!

Bulldog
Bulldog

These people have lost their ever-loving Minds!!! They are so full of 💩 it's pathetic. The hatred that the left is portraying is mind-boggling and very scary. The indoctrination of our younger people is exactly what Hitler did in Germany. I fear for my grandchildren who are only 8 + 9. The world that they are going to grow up in especially in this country is going to be a very scary place.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

I'll continue to use what ever hand gestures and symbols I want. Screw them.

erinmonalisa
erinmonalisa

👌🏻

observer1
observer1

For about a year I've been saying that the Bible will become "Hate Literature" and Bible preaching will become "Hate Speech" and already there are signs of this. Franklin Graham who has harmed no one is under attack for his position against men going into women's bathrooms. It's coming.

NomonK
NomonK

Political Correctness is Destructive itself. Can't say this or that because it may hurt someone's feelings. Freedom of Speech is in our Constitution.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Political correctness run amuck! Total idiots.👎👌🤘🤙🖐👍👎✊👊🤛🤜🤚👋👏✍👐

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

I just watched an episode of "Tanked" yesterday where they built a aquarium for Ludacris. As they walked through the house trying to decide where to place it I couldn't help but notice the 4 foot statue (an art piece) of a white hand in the OK position that was part of the homes decor. So does this stupid ruling apply to Ludacris and is he guilty of displaying a hate symbol? Seriously have we become this stupid!

ForestRon
ForestRon

Next the V for victory sign will be added to ADL's list because it looks like a woman with her legs spread and violates the #metoo movement...I got a one finger salute for the ADL...

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Next is the "Peace Sign" or the "Thumbs Up". How about "Hook Em Horns". When will it stop?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Dude on the right might be in trouble...

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The other day on my way home from work, I stopped at a light that had just turned red, and I noticed a big chunk of sharp metal with screws in it on the road in front of the car next to me, which happened to have a couple of African Americans in it. It was safe, so I got out and picked up the debris. They shouted at me "Yeah! Thanks!," and then gave me the thumbs up. I smiled and motioned back with an "okay" symbol, meaning, it's okay, "no biggy." Then I realized that it would be possible for them to interpret that symbol inappropriately.

Leftist PC crap needs to get out of my brain. I don't want to have to change my language because some snowflake might get upset. It really seems like a power trip. They want to control everything, including the English language. They don't want us to use perfectly-fine words like "illegal alien," nor even words like "him" or "her."

I went to a presentation about human travel to Mars not long ago, and when I asked a question about the "manned mission," I was corrected and told that it is really important to NASA these days to refer to them as "crew." I laughed out loud so loud, that everyone in the audience heard me.

It's really a weird feeling to people like me who do not consider themselves to be racists or misogynists, and consider it completely acceptable to use English.

Try taking away gender in any of the romantic languages; even nouns are male or female. In Spanish, "broom" is female, and "car" is male. The bias!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Well to the gangs in LA and other metropolitan areas that means “Bloods”. Crap I wonder if all the bloods knew their claiming white power. Sorry but all these politician idiots parents should not have married their cousins. Some of these comments by the trolls here....their parents shouldn’t married their step brother or step sister Retards!!!!! Yes retards, I’m so politically incorrect

OfcS216
OfcS216

So will they change the letter F in American Sign Language also? Because that's the sign for it, lol

gfc1963
gfc1963

The world has come to en end. Do these idiots realise how stupid they are?? Have you heard the story abiout a maritime museum in Scotland not calling ships 'she' because someone got offended by it??!!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

May I ask who the people are that run these fine, upstanding, organizations and who they are to dictate to us our morality? The SPLC tries to do the same thing by just stirring the pot of hate, ignorance, and suspicion and we know who they are and what their agenda is.

61mouse
61mouse

👌👌👌👌👌👌 then

SheepDog104
SheepDog104

👌 😖👈

👉☝️👆🖕👇✌🤞🖖🤘🤙🖐✋👌👍👎✊👊🤜👐🤲👋🤟

Heck. I offended myself.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This one on the list too? 🖕