The far-left Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has declared the “OK” hand gesture a “symbol of white supremacism”.
The group also declared the “bowlcut” and the anti-antifa logos “calling cards of hate” to 214.Interestingly the antifa symbols and masks are not included in the “calling cards of hate” despite the fact that the left-wing group is responsible in cities like Oakland, Portland & Seattle.
Perhaps even stranger is the fact that the ADL admits that the “OK” hand gesture was co-oped online by white supremacists as part of an online hoax.ADL acknowledges, “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."
Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso points out that “if you allow this, then you're only encouraging the hoaxers to move on to more symbols — and frankly, you deserve it, but the rest of us don't. Next thing you know, the peace sign will be verboten. Or the military salute. Or the facepalm — especially apt here. Or the high-five.”
As far as the bowlcut, ADL says image of the hairstyle was “worn by white supremacist mass killer” who fatally shot nine black worshippers at a in South Carolina church and thus the hair style has become popular with white supremacists.
The ADL says “those who use the bowlcut image or other ‘bowl’ references admire Roof and call for others to emulate his 2015 mass shooting attack at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina”.