OR Cop Accused Of Flashing White Power “OK” Hand Sign To Proud Boys Protestor
RawStory reports that an Oregon police officer faces accusations of flashing a “white power” hand gesture to a Proud Boys protestor after making the “okay” sign.
- The Anti-Defamation League explains that the “okay” gesture, formed by holding one’s thumb and index finger together with the other three fingers slightly extended, “in most contexts is entirely innocuous and harmless” but in 2017 “acquired a new and different significance” as a “hate symbol.”
- The League explains that users of the website 4chan promoted a hoax in 2017 claiming that the okay gesture represented not the letters O and K but rather W and P for “white power.” This was “merely the latest in a series of similar 4chan hoaxes using various innocuous symbols; in each case, the hoaxers hoped” media would overreact.
- However, the OK hoax was “so successful” that it caught on as “trolling gesture” until in 2019 “some white supremacists seem to have abandoned the ironic or satiric intent… and used the symbol as a sincere expression of white supremacy.”
- For example, Brenton Tarrant flashed the symbol during a March 2019 courtroom appearance on charges that he murdered 50 people in a shooting spree at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
In the incident in question, the police officer was present with several other cops at an anti-Black Lives Matter protest.
- In a clip shared on social media, the officer can be seen interacting with the protestors, who were members of the Proud Boys, an organization of self-described “western chauvinists” that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “hate group.”
- The officer makes the hand sign to one of the demonstrators, who then claps his hand on the officer’s shoulder in a friendly gesture.
- Oregon State Police had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.
- Some social media users have called for the officer to be disciplined or fired.
Watch the clip below.https://twitter.com/Llamactivist/status/1279610700294283264