Cadets Investigated For Alleged 'White Supremacy' Hand Sign At Army-Navy Game

West Point and Annapolis have both launched internal investigations into the incident.

Philadelphia, PA – Service-academy students from Annapolis and West Point are now under investigation for flashing “OK” hand gestures on national television during the Army-Navy football game on Saturday.

Annapolis midshipmen and West Point cadets were both seen displaying the gesture during live broadcasts, sparking outrage from those who have deemed the sign to be a symbol of “white power,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

U.S. Military Academy officials said they have not determined what the intent behind the gestures may have been, but that internal investigations are underway to ascertain whether or not “administrative actions will be required,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We’re looking into it,” West Point spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Chris Ophardt said. “I don’t know what their intention is.”

Annapolis spokesperson Commander Alana Garas said that a preliminary inquiry officer has been appointed to conduct an internal investigation into the incident.

“Based on findings of the investigation, those involved will be held appropriately accountable,” Commander Garas noted.

The Pentagon didn’t specifically address the incident, but noted that military personnel are mandated to “reject active participation in organizations that advocate supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang doctrine,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

In September, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 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 at the time.

“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.

The ok sign is also part of a viral trend known as the "circle game," where the goal is to make somebody look at your hand while making the OK sign below waist level.

The game is ingrained into military culture.

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

"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."

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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Is the cadet playing a version of the circle game (which is incredibly stupid), or showing off his white supremacy pride (which is also stupid)?

in either case, this is a clear case of the idiotic left (and the white supremacists) believing what an internet troll said on 4chan an turning it into reality.

Oh, and regardless of the reasoning, the cadet should be disciplined for being stupid and unprofessional in uniform.

Jimmy L
Jimmy L

Some people (the ADL and those who believe them) are so stupid.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Some people get upset at nothing.

JRM1607
JRM1607

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

highly unprofessional and embarrassing for military officers. don't remove his commission, but nail him to the wall and make sure his love for white supremacist symbols is documented and follows him into the service.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

When I was a kid and they had the "Our Gang" series on TV they used that sign and said "Oh Tay". That was from Spanky, . They also had Buckwheat and the rest of the n'hood kids who all got along great and said the same thing. To this day I still say Oh Tay when acknowledging something. Grow up. Life goes on. Everyone has said or done something that's stupd. What about the black community using their gang signs. You rarely, if ever hear anything about that......I guess it's kind of hard though with their hands behind their backs though.... my bad........

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I just farted. They’re probably going to investigate my flatulence and determine it was racist too.

“To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail”

If you look for racism everywhere, you’ll see it everywhere. To those who do, I feel sorry for you and you’re an idiot. Move on from your victim mentality and grow up.

Ironusher
Ironusher

Stick your race cards up your asses !

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#irrelevant

Mighty_Mouse04
Mighty_Mouse04

Just because one idiot libtard snowflake leftist group says it’s a “white supremacy” sign doesn’t make it so.

Njaz
Njaz

Oh PLEASE... !! Will they next come after the "V" for victory sign ?✌ How about the sign the Hawaiian's use 🤙for everything's good? We never had these problems before in America. What's changed?? (rhetorical)

Marxest
Marxest

I'm glad they caught these white nationalists using those gestures on camera. Give them enough rope. As for the gestures, if the SPLC says that those gestures have been appropriated by white supremacists, then that is the case. Everyone closet white nationalist on this site is making a fuss and trying to dismiss a legitimate issue. I don't know where this investigation will lead but it is good to see things get stirred up. Where's there's smoke, there's fire.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Any excuse to scream racism!🤔👎

Shirleybaird571
Shirleybaird571

I did not see anyone, get punched in the arm afterwards.

Booky1940
Booky1940

The media is AGAIN LOOKING to create divisiveness. I was always told that that hand signal is for the word A#$ Hole.. This is ridiculous that they are AGAIN trying to make this a “White Supremacy” thing.

BigPapaFrosty
BigPapaFrosty

Tired of all this racism bullshit! Get over your shelves

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

"...Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI determined that the two freshmen midshipmen were participating in the “circle game”...

But the Anti-Defamation League said the gesture, with the thumb and forefinger touched in a circle and the other fingers outstretched, has also been appropriated as a signal for white supremacy. That started as a hoax perpetuated on the online message board 4chan. The original idea was to take an innocent and common gesture and arbitrarily transform it into something that would enrage liberals."

The circle game, around for generations, was featured in the early 2000s sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” and has made a resurgence as a photo bomb prank in sports team photos--along the same line as “bunny ears” fingers. In more recent years, it became an internet meme in a online game of “gotcha.”"