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US News "OK" hand sign added to list of hate symbols for white supremacy

17:40  27 september  2019
17:40  27 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The " OK " hand gesture has been added to an expanding list of hate symbols used by white supremacists . The Anti-Defamation League announced dozens of new additions to its database Thursday. The hand symbol began as a hoax by users of the website 4chan before turning into a

The “ OK ” hand gesture has been added to a database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists, the Anti-Defamation Its addition to the hate symbol database comes after Australian Brenton Tarrant flashed the symbol as he appeared in court accused of murdering 50

  © Getty The "OK" hand gesture has been added to an expanding list of hate symbols used by white supremacists. The Anti-Defamation League announced dozens of new additions to its database Thursday.

The hand symbol began as a hoax by users of the website 4chan before turning into a popular trolling tactic, according to the Anti-Defamation League. By this year, it had evolved into a gesture embraced "in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy," the civil rights group said.

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a hand holding a cellphone: A far-right demonstrator makes the © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A far-right demonstrator makes the "OK" hand gesture, believed to have white supremacist connotations, during a rally on August 17, 2019, in Portland, Oregon. The suspect in the New Zealand massacre last March flashed the symbol during his court appearance in March after being arrested for the shooting deaths of 51 people at mosques in Christchurch.

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The “ OK ” hand gesture is among the 36 new entries added Thursday to a database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the hand symbol began its circulation as a hoax by members of the website 4chan as a popular

The OK emoji – and photos of the hand signal – have been added to a list of hate symbols as a result of white supremacists falling for a prank The finger-and-thumb gesture – which is also a popular emoji – is being used by some as a “sincere expression of white supremacy ”, according to

Among the other new entires is the "bowlcut," which is an image of a bowl-shaped haircut resembling the one worn by Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof. He was convicted of fatally shooting nine African American parishoners in 2015, and has been sentenced to death.

Many of the newly added symbols have appeared at white supremacist events such as the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, and were painted on guns used by the Christchurch shooter, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The slogans and symbols have emerged online on platforms such as 4chan, 8chan and Reddit before moving onto mainstream social media sites like Twitter and Facebook or even gaming platforms.

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But ADL considers this sign as a sign expressing the hate co-opted my alt-rights. " OK " hand signal added to civil rights group's database of hate symbols "At least some white supremacists seem to have abandoned the ironic or satiric intent behind the original trolling campaign and used the symbol

Segal pointed to the suspected white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, accused of killing 51 worshippers at two mosques in March, who flashed the "In many ways, they took what was a trolling effort and added it to their list of symbols ," he added . The ADL established its " Hate on Display"

a group of people riding skis on a snowy road: Hate groups in America © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Hate groups in America

"These are the latest calling cards of hate," said Mark Pitcavage, senior fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism. "While some hate symbols are short-lived, others take on a life of their own and become tools for online trolling."

We pay special attention to those symbols that exhibit staying power as well as those that move from online usage into the real world," he added. 

The Anti-Defamation League created the database in 2000 to help track hate groups and aid law enforcement, educators and the public in recognizing symbols that serve as a warning to the presence of extremists, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

"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," said Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League CEO.

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