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The smirk that almost inevitably accompanies the OK sign, that simplest of hand signals, is the dead giveaway in the shroud of internet-age befuddlement: Does the sign, the thumb and forefinger joined together in a circle, the remaining three fingers splayed out behind, mean alls good? Or does it mean white power instead?

The smirk gives away the proper answer: Youre being trolled.

The social-media-driven controversy over the meaning of the well-known hand sign has arisen in part as the result of a deliberate hoax concocted on the internet message board 4chan, which in addition to its well-earned reputation as a gateway to the racist alt-right is perhaps more broadly known as the home of trolling culture.

So when it gets flashed during a national broadcast, or during a video being shot to promote the Coast Guard, or by a cluster of Proud Boys and Patriots, what its about most of the time is a deliberate attempt to trigger liberals into overreacting to a gesture so widely used that virtually anyone has plausible deniability built into their use of it in the first place.

The problem, of course, is that there are white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klansmen who have increasingly begun using the use of the symbol both to signal their presence to the like-minded, as well as to identify potentially sympathetic recruits among young trolling artists flashing it. To them, the configuration means WP, for white power.

This use of the signal preceded the 4chan hoax that made it go viral. A number of alt-right figures, notably white-nationalist guru Richard Spencer, published photographsof themselves using the symbol as early as 2016. Milo Yiannopoulos adopted the symbol on social media as early as 2015.

But by then, the alt-right had already long weaponized the trolling culture and its use of irony to create a hall of mirrors surrounding such memes. These can easily be found in other alt-right ironic constructs, such as the hoax religion of Kek(and its home country, Kekistan), or its adoption of Pepe the Frogas a mascot.

The original “Operation O-KKK” post at 4chan.

In early 2017, after a controversy aroseover whether Gateway Pundit publisher Jim Hoft and a writer for his site flashed the white power sign at the White House Press Briefing Room, the trolls at 4chan responded with a hoax they titled Operation O-KKK. The plan? We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand signal is a symbol of white supremacy. Make fake accounts with basic white girl names and type shit like: OMG thats so truuuuu

The intent: Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society aint going anywhere near that shit.

A number of media outlets bit, running credulous pieceswarning that the old OK sign now had a darker connotation as an alt-right symbol. Somewhat in reaction, the Anti-Defamation League published a piece dismissing the whole question as a product of the 4chan hoax. (The piece has since been updatedwith a more nuanced analysis.)

This became the preferred narrative about the hand signals meaning. When White House aide Stephen Miller was photographed appearing to pose while making W and P hand signals, and social-media accusations flew claiming it proved his affiliation with white nationalism, the fact-checking site Snopes.com flattened such talkby determining that was false, based mainly on the claims ostensible origins as a hoax.

Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys flash the OK sign in Portland.

Since then, the hand signals use has nonetheless spread. Its used ironically by a number of Trump supporters at far-right rallies. Its been particularly prominent among far-right street protesters such as the Proud Boys and the Northwest-based Patriot Prayer, whose members have prominently displayed the sign in group photos and during street protests.

Roger Stone and the Proud Boys in Salem, OR. From Twitter.

At a gathering of Proud Boys in Salem, Oregon, that hosted former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the entire group was photographed making the sign.

So when a former White House aide named Zina Bash appeared to flash the signduring confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while seated directly behind him on September 4, an uproar arose on social media led by Twitter users claiming that she was making a surreptitious white power signal to knowing viewers. Bash aggravated matters two days later by showing up again behind Kavanaugh and flashing the sign aggressively.

Just as quickly, however, mainstream mediaaccounts shut down discussionof the matter by referring to the established narrative, explaining the signals spread entirely as a 4chan hoax. Eventually the whole matter was dismissed as liberal silliness.

However, that narrative obscures the reality of the darker undercurrents behind the spread of the OK sign as a far-right signal. In addition to being adopted by Trump-friendly young people who mostly see it as a way to trigger liberals, its also been adopted by militiaman Patriots (though it should be noted that III% militiamenuse a reverse form of the OK sign as a way to signal membership in their mythical 3 percent of the populace ready for a revolution).

Overt neo-Nazis such as Andrew Anglin mostly make fun of the whole concept of hand signals (he even ran a vulgar cartoon on theDaily Stormer weighing in on the controversy). Yet its use keeps popping up in group photos of far-right hate-group members enjoying like-minded company. Its ubiquity seems to make its use by racists and trolls alike irresistible.

Dismissing the spread of the hand signal as a hoax overlooks two hard realities: first, that its increasing use gives open license to actual racist ideologues to operate and recruit under the cover of the plausible deniability established by less ideological young trolls; and second, that any kind of wink-and-nudge interaction with the racist right is a direct route to its normalization.

While the people who flash the sign can always readily claim innocence of any racist intent by attesting that they only meant it ironically and that their real purpose was to anger liberals, minorities and social justice warriors (SJWs), they cant so readily escape ethical culpability for their role in the spread of hateful ideologies and their effects, including a global spike in hate crimes. Nor can they blame members of the minority groups who reasonably find such hand signals potentially threatening for being upset.

Radical fascists have, after all, historically taken advantage of the marketplace of ideas as a useful platform for spreading their toxic ideology the outcome of which always entails the utter destruction of that marketplace and its replacement with authoritarian propaganda. When far-right ideologues retreat to a free speech defense amid claims of left-wing persecution which is what memes like the OK sign are designed to do this is always their long-term goal.

Natalie Wynn, a popular YouTube star who posts under the nom de plume ContraPoints, explained this dynamic vividly in a 2017 video titled Decrypting the Alt-Right:

More obscure symbols can be useful as a kind of secret handshake that lets Nazis recognize each other without normies taking notice. The best symbols to use for this purpose are ones that are not primarily associated with fascism, or at least have some other meaning, such as the othala rune, or the iron cross. Better still are symbols that, until adoption by fascists, are completely innocuous. Modern fascists have taken to using almost arbitrary emoji as a way to wink and nod at each other, notably the frog, after Pepe, the milk, and the OK sign.

Another advantage of using innocuous symbols is that when leftists try to point those symbols out, the fascists can always say, These gullible SJWs now think that even the OK sign is racist. Is there anything they *dont* think is racist?

Emily Pothast observes at Medium: Its ambiguity is precisely why its such an effective trolling tactic. When successful, this kind of trolling makes otherwise credible journalists and public intellectuals look like buffoons, either by overreacting to an ambiguous stimulus or by missing the whole context of the gesture.

Salon writer Amanda Marcotte delved this point further on Twitter: Part of the problem is that if, hypothetically, someone flashed white supremacist symbols at the camera, the point of the stunt would be to get liberals wound up, so they can then claim that liberals are just imagining things, she wrote. That was what the OK symbol was literally invented to do: Both serve as a white supremacist symbol and also one that is just ordinary-enough looking that when liberals expressed outrage, the white supremacist could play the victim of liberal hysteria.

So what does it mean when someone flashes the OK sign? In the end, it can mean almost anything, but primarily its one of three things:

The first of these (and its most common, but also most declining, use) is harmless. But it cant credibly be claimed by anyone who has a record of involvement with the many far-right elements that swirl both around the Trump White House and outside it as well. Nor can it be claimed by street-protesting Proud Boys chanting far-right slogans.

The second is less directly harmful, but hardly innocent of wreaking havoc. The normalization of the radical right under the rhetorical protection of self-proclaimed centrists and libertarians, particularly those who spread conspiracy theories and are often labeled the alt-lite, is a legacy that could last a generation or longer.

The third is, of course, reflective of a toxic worldview and authoritarian politics, bent primarily on the destruction of liberal democracy. At the moment, it remains the smallest bloc of the three.

Yet trolling culture, the ethos that fuels the second motivation, has proven a direct gateway not just to the alt-right, but also to even more poisonous cultures such as that of woman-hating incels. Its one thing to shrug off misbehavior by embracing the troll label, but it still means youre a participant in a toxic subculture. It’s easy for the second motivation to morph into the third.

So when someone flashes the OK sign with that knowing smirk, its not just a harmless act that can be dismissed. It may or may not mean that they are a white nationalist attempting a sly signal. But the sign unquestionably identifies the user as one thing: a troll.

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A member of a U.S. Coast Guard team responding to Tropical Storm Florence in South Carolina appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in the background as a captain was being interviewed Friday by MSNBC.

The man has since been removed from the Florence response operations and the incident is under investigation, said Coast Guard Lt. J.B. Zorn.

The decision from the federal agency came after heavy backlash online to the apparent gesture captured on “Live with Ali Velshi.”

Various Twitter users called for an investigation into the incident and others called for the member of the agency to be fired.

“Whatever that symbol means, it doesn’t reflect the Coast Guard and our core values,” Zorn said. “It won’t be tolerated.”

Coast Guard officials wouldn’t identify the man and declined to discuss possible disciplinary action.

He flashed the signal as Capt. John Reed, commander of Florence response efforts in Charleston, South Carolina, was explaining a new tactic as the storm changed direction. A man in a red shirt was seen casually displaying the ‘OK’ hand signal against the right side of his face as he sat at a table in the background.

While the gesture appears innocuous and may have started as an online troll campaign, it has seemingly become a symbol used by alt-right supporters to “trigger” liberals with the implicit suggestion that white nationalist views have become more prominent.

The Coast Guard has been at the forefront of rescue operations in the Carolinas, where at least five people have died since the storm reached the coastline Friday morning.

“Were not going to let one person detract from the good work the Coast Guard is doing in the region,” Zorn said. “We’re going to stay focused.”

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Kavanaugh hearing Day 1: Zina Bash appears to make "white …

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The husband of Zina Bash, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, came to her defense after video circulated of Bash making a hand gesture that people online considered to be a “white power” sign during the Supreme Court nominee’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. John Bash, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, called the accusations “repulsive” on Twitter.

A clip shows Bash, who was in direct view of TV cameras, appearing to hold her thumb and index finger into an O shape, with her other fingers extended. The gesture is commonly known as the “OK” sign, but has been associated with white supremacists recently. Twitter users accused Bash, who served in the Trump administration as an adviser on immigration policy, of making a “white power” symbol.

John Bash defended his wife, who was born in Mexico and is Jewish on her father’s side. Her grandparents are Holocaust survivors.

“The attacks today on my wife are repulsive,” Bash tweeted. “Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves.”

He said his family wasn’t familiar with the hateful symbol associated with the “random way” she rested her hand.

“We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people never have and never would,” he added. “I hope that people will clearly condemn this idiotic and sickening accusation.”

The Republican from Texas currently serves as Attorney General Ken Paxton’s senior counsel on his executive leadership team. She previously worked in the White House as part of the Domestic Policy Council. Bash also worked on the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz and as a counsel to Sen. John Cornyn. In addition to Kavanaugh, she was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

She attained her law degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), its origins come from an anonymous online hoax.

The prominent anti-hate group says the “OK” hand gesture hoax originated in February 2017 when an anonymous 4channer announced Operation O-KKK, “claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.” The user even provided a helpful graphic showing how the letters WP for “white power” could be traced within an “OK” gesture, according to ADL.

Mark Pivcavage, a senior research fellow with the ADL, chimed in Tuesday on Bash’s hand gesture, saying the hoax evolved and is now embraced by factions of Trump supporters and alt-right members. Pitcavage said not to assume Bash did it deliberately as a white power symbol.

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White pride – Wikipedia

White pride is a motto primarily used by white separatist, white nationalist, neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations in order to signal racist or racialist viewpoints.[3][4] It is also a slogan used by the prominent post-Ku Klux Klan group Stormfront and a term used to make racist/racialist viewpoints more palatable to the general public who may associate historical abuses with the terms “white nationalist”, “neo-Nazi”, and “white supremacist”.

Sociologists Betty A. Dobratz and Stephanie L. Shanks-Meile identified “White Power! White Pride!” as “a much-used chant of white separatist movement supporters”,[5] and sociologist Mitch Berbrier has identified the use of this phrase as part of a “new racist… frame-transformation and frame-alignment by (a) consciously packaging a ‘hate-free’ racism, (b) developing strategies of equivalence and reversalpresenting whites as equivalent to ethnic and racial minorities, and (c) deploying ideas about ‘love,’ ‘pride,’ and ‘heritage-preservation’ to evidence both their putative lack of animosity toward others as well as their ethnic credentials.”[6] In a social psychology experiment that tested how white participants could be influenced to identify with white pride ideology, social psychologists framed white pride as follows:

[P]eople who openly express White pride seem invariably to be those alienated from the mainstream cultureKKK members, skin-heads, and White supremacistspeople trying to grab onto some basis for feeling good about themselves when conventional avenues such as successful careers and relationships are not working well for them. Consequently, the vast majority of people who avow White pride seem also to explicitly avow racism.[7]

Sociologists Monica McDermott and Frank L. Samson documented the rhetorical evolution of white pride movements thus, “Because white pride has historically been predicated upon a denigration of nonwhites, the articulation of the duties and requirements of whiteness reflects a desire to correlate a conscious white identity with positive attributes.”[8]

Political and social scientists commonly argue that the idea of “white pride” is an attempt to provide a clean or more palatable public face for white supremacy or white separatism and that it is an appeal to a larger audience in hopes of inciting more widespread racial violence.[9] According to Joseph T. Roy of the Southern Poverty Law Center, white supremacists often circulate material on the internet and elsewhere that “portrays the groups not as haters, but as simple white pride civic groups concerned with social ills”.[10] Philosopher David Ingram argues that “affirming ‘black pride’ is not equivalent to affirming ‘white pride,’ since the formerunlike the latteris a defensive strategy aimed at rectifying a negative stereotype”. By contrast, then, “affirmations of white pridehowever thinly cloaked as affirmations of ethnic prideserve to mask and perpetuate white privilege”. In the same vein, Professor of Education at University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Cris Mayo, characterizes white pride as “a politically distasteful goal, given that whiteness is not a personal or community identity, but has been a strategy to maintain inequities of privilege and power.”[12]

Political scientists Carol M. Swain and Russell Nieli, in their text on white nationalism, identify the idea of “white pride” as a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. They argue that over the course of the 1990s, “a new white pride, white protest, and white consciousness movement has developed in America”. They identify three contributing factors: an immigrant influx during the 1980s and 1990s, resentment over affirmative action policies, and the growth of the Internet as a tool for the expression and mobilization of grievances.[13] As an alternative, Janet E. Helms, founding director of Boston College’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture was quoted in the book “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race as saying that a white person “must become aware of his or her Whiteness, accept it as personally and socially significant… … Not in the sense of Klan members’ ‘white pride’ but in the context of a commitment to a just society.”[14] Among people who strongly identify as white, research differentiates between a power cognizant group and a prideful group. The prideful group is more likely to devalue diversity and to show prejudice, while the power cognizant group is more likely to value diversity.[15]

The slogan “White Pride Worldwide” appears on the logo of Stormfront, a website owned and operated by Don Black, who was formerly a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.[16] The North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan describe themselves as “a patriotic, White Christian revival movement dedicated to preserving the maintenance of White Pride and the rights of the White Race”.[17] A 2002 study identified white pride as a motivation for racial hate crimes on a US college campus,[18] while in a different study on internet racism, the slogan was identified as being part of an emerging transnationalist trend in white supremacist movements.[19] The slogan was also documented to have been used in hate speech incidents at New York University,[20] Vassar College,[21] and Temple University,[22] and it was a slogan used in posters put up by a white supremacist organization at dozens of US colleges.[23] Certain Denver Nuggets jerseys were named “white pride” by Adidas and were listed as such on the team’s website in 2016, after which internet outcry prompted the team to rename the jerseys.[24] Similarly, a fitness room in River Falls, Wisconsin was renamed to avoid the racist connotations of it being referred to as the “White Pride Fitness Room”.[25] The slogan was chanted along with “White Power” by up to 100 neo-Nazis rallying in Manchester, United Kingdom in March 2015[26] and was the theme of a March 2016 event in Swansea[27] and a March 2017 event in Edinburgh,[28] all of which were organized by the National Front. In an expos from The Week, James Poulos warned that “Europe is on track to rediscover what looks to us like a highly unsettling form of white pride.”[29]

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Urban Dictionary: white power

White power is an backwoods, recently moved urban, code-word for white supremacy. It is meant to moralize or rally whites in the presence of something socially encouraging that furthers the ‘white-movement’.It has been proven difficult to get people out of thsse mindsets, as a lot of white people set the bar for idiocy and stereotypes of racism, and never quite let their white brethren live down the constant bullshit that always seems to stream out of a white supremacist’s mouth.

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January 23, 2008, filmmaker Ronald K. Armstrong was granted access to a white supremacist group known as the White Knights. For the first time ever he was able to get an uncensored and unparalleled view into their secret world. The film you are about to see documents the experience.

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Rally planned in opposition to ‘white power,’ graffiti at Findlay Riverside Park – Toledo Blade

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FINDLAY Activists plan to rally Sunday in Riverside Park, after vandals sprayed racist graffiti there over the weekend.

TheFindlay Civil Rights Alliance will host the rally at 4 p.m. to protest white supremacy, organizerKatie Finneran said.The unknown vandals painted swastikas orwhite power in about a half-dozen places, either late Saturday or early Sunday, Findlay Parks and Recreation Superintendent Matt Stoffel said. Crews spent much of Monday cleaning the pool and bathhouse.

There are currently no cameras at the park, located at 231 McManness Ave., and the closure of a nearby bridge means traffic in the area is minimal right now.

Ms. Finneran said she believes its important to organize liberal groups in opposition to white supremacists groups.The alliance formed the day after the presidential election, and Ms. Finneran said rallies have at times faced bigoted reactions.

I think in Findlay we have had particular problems with white supremacy, Ms. Finneran said. Our first anti-Trump march the day after he got elected, we had people in our hometown drive by us and scream white power, Ms. Finneran said.

Ms. Finneran added Findlay-area residents who identify as right-wing Proud Boyshave attended previous alliance rallies and stood in the middle of the crowd in an attempt to intimidate protesters. A post onofficialproudboys.comsaysall that is required to become a Proud Boy is that a man declare he is a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world.

Ms. Finneran said it didnt matter if the vandals who hit the parkwere teens who painted the graffiti as a prank, or if they were sincerely expressing white supremacist views, as those who have that ideology see such public messages and are emboldened by them.

Regardless of how the fire gets started, the smoke signal is out, she said.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalikdid not return a request for comment. In an Aug. 12 Facebook post, she said, Hatred has no place in a civil and free society. The Findlay community stands with Mayor Mike Signer and Charlottesville.

Similar rallies have taken place in Maumee and at University of Toledo in the wake of the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville Va., when a woman was killed after a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters. James A. Fields, Jr., 20, of Toledo is accused of driving the vehicle.

Contact Nolan Rosenkrans atnrosenkrans@theblade.com,or 419-724-6086or onTwitter @NolanRosenkrans.

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After a self-proclaimed white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, white nationalism has been on the retreat, both in person and online. Social has seen the movements banners dip to 82 percent negative sentiment from the mid 60s percent negative earlier in the month. Some activists took Socials furor against the Charlottesville nationalists even further, rounding up mug shots of participants in the rally and making sure they went viral. Many white nationalists have been fired from their day jobs for their weekend activities, while some have been banned from Twitter, Patreon and other online platforms. Christopher Cantwell, who was seen on Vice defending the alleged white nationalist who is accused of killing a protester with his Dodge Challenger, was even kicked off OkCupid. But Cantwell sang his hateful tune when InsideEdition.com reached out to him for comment. K-s will stop at nothing, Cantwell told them, using the racial slur for Jewish people. Hugo Guzman

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The smirk that almost inevitably accompanies the OK sign, that simplest of hand signals, is the dead giveaway in the shroud of internet-age befuddlement: Does the sign, the thumb and forefinger joined together in a circle, the remaining three fingers splayed out behind, mean alls good? Or does it mean white power instead? The smirk gives away the proper answer: Youre being trolled. The social-media-driven controversy over the meaning of the well-known hand sign has arisen in part as the result of a deliberate hoax concocted on the internet message board 4chan, which in addition to its well-earned reputation as a gateway to the racist alt-right is perhaps more broadly known as the home of trolling culture. So when it gets flashed during a national broadcast, or during a video being shot to promote the Coast Guard, or by a cluster of Proud Boys and Patriots, what its about most of the time is a deliberate attempt to trigger liberals into overreacting to a gesture so widely used that virtually anyone has plausible deniability built into their use of it in the first place. The problem, of course, is that there are white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Klansmen who have increasingly begun using the use of the symbol both to signal their presence to the like-minded, as well as to identify potentially sympathetic recruits among young trolling artists flashing it. To them, the configuration means WP, for white power. This use of the signal preceded the 4chan hoax that made it go viral. A number of alt-right figures, notably white-nationalist guru Richard Spencer, published photographsof themselves using the symbol as early as 2016. Milo Yiannopoulos adopted the symbol on social media as early as 2015. But by then, the alt-right had already long weaponized the trolling culture and its use of irony to create a hall of mirrors surrounding such memes. These can easily be found in other alt-right ironic constructs, such as the hoax religion of Kek(and its home country, Kekistan), or its adoption of Pepe the Frogas a mascot. The original “Operation O-KKK” post at 4chan. In early 2017, after a controversy aroseover whether Gateway Pundit publisher Jim Hoft and a writer for his site flashed the white power sign at the White House Press Briefing Room, the trolls at 4chan responded with a hoax they titled Operation O-KKK. The plan? We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand signal is a symbol of white supremacy. Make fake accounts with basic white girl names and type shit like: OMG thats so truuuuu The intent: Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society aint going anywhere near that shit. A number of media outlets bit, running credulous pieceswarning that the old OK sign now had a darker connotation as an alt-right symbol. Somewhat in reaction, the Anti-Defamation League published a piece dismissing the whole question as a product of the 4chan hoax. (The piece has since been updatedwith a more nuanced analysis.) This became the preferred narrative about the hand signals meaning. When White House aide Stephen Miller was photographed appearing to pose while making W and P hand signals, and social-media accusations flew claiming it proved his affiliation with white nationalism, the fact-checking site Snopes.com flattened such talkby determining that was false, based mainly on the claims ostensible origins as a hoax. Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys flash the OK sign in Portland. Since then, the hand signals use has nonetheless spread. Its used ironically by a number of Trump supporters at far-right rallies. Its been particularly prominent among far-right street protesters such as the Proud Boys and the Northwest-based Patriot Prayer, whose members have prominently displayed the sign in group photos and during street protests. Roger Stone and the Proud Boys in Salem, OR. From Twitter. At a gathering of Proud Boys in Salem, Oregon, that hosted former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the entire group was photographed making the sign. So when a former White House aide named Zina Bash appeared to flash the signduring confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while seated directly behind him on September 4, an uproar arose on social media led by Twitter users claiming that she was making a surreptitious white power signal to knowing viewers. Bash aggravated matters two days later by showing up again behind Kavanaugh and flashing the sign aggressively. Just as quickly, however, mainstream mediaaccounts shut down discussionof the matter by referring to the established narrative, explaining the signals spread entirely as a 4chan hoax. Eventually the whole matter was dismissed as liberal silliness. However, that narrative obscures the reality of the darker undercurrents behind the spread of the OK sign as a far-right signal. In addition to being adopted by Trump-friendly young people who mostly see it as a way to trigger liberals, its also been adopted by militiaman Patriots (though it should be noted that III% militiamenuse a reverse form of the OK sign as a way to signal membership in their mythical 3 percent of the populace ready for a revolution). Overt neo-Nazis such as Andrew Anglin mostly make fun of the whole concept of hand signals (he even ran a vulgar cartoon on theDaily Stormer weighing in on the controversy). Yet its use keeps popping up in group photos of far-right hate-group members enjoying like-minded company. Its ubiquity seems to make its use by racists and trolls alike irresistible. Dismissing the spread of the hand signal as a hoax overlooks two hard realities: first, that its increasing use gives open license to actual racist ideologues to operate and recruit under the cover of the plausible deniability established by less ideological young trolls; and second, that any kind of wink-and-nudge interaction with the racist right is a direct route to its normalization. While the people who flash the sign can always readily claim innocence of any racist intent by attesting that they only meant it ironically and that their real purpose was to anger liberals, minorities and social justice warriors (SJWs), they cant so readily escape ethical culpability for their role in the spread of hateful ideologies and their effects, including a global spike in hate crimes. Nor can they blame members of the minority groups who reasonably find such hand signals potentially threatening for being upset. Radical fascists have, after all, historically taken advantage of the marketplace of ideas as a useful platform for spreading their toxic ideology the outcome of which always entails the utter destruction of that marketplace and its replacement with authoritarian propaganda. When far-right ideologues retreat to a free speech defense amid claims of left-wing persecution which is what memes like the OK sign are designed to do this is always their long-term goal. Natalie Wynn, a popular YouTube star who posts under the nom de plume ContraPoints, explained this dynamic vividly in a 2017 video titled Decrypting the Alt-Right: More obscure symbols can be useful as a kind of secret handshake that lets Nazis recognize each other without normies taking notice. The best symbols to use for this purpose are ones that are not primarily associated with fascism, or at least have some other meaning, such as the othala rune, or the iron cross. Better still are symbols that, until adoption by fascists, are completely innocuous. Modern fascists have taken to using almost arbitrary emoji as a way to wink and nod at each other, notably the frog, after Pepe, the milk, and the OK sign. Another advantage of using innocuous symbols is that when leftists try to point those symbols out, the fascists can always say, These gullible SJWs now think that even the OK sign is racist. Is there anything they *dont* think is racist? Emily Pothast observes at Medium: Its ambiguity is precisely why its such an effective trolling tactic. When successful, this kind of trolling makes otherwise credible journalists and public intellectuals look like buffoons, either by overreacting to an ambiguous stimulus or by missing the whole context of the gesture. Salon writer Amanda Marcotte delved this point further on Twitter: Part of the problem is that if, hypothetically, someone flashed white supremacist symbols at the camera, the point of the stunt would be to get liberals wound up, so they can then claim that liberals are just imagining things, she wrote. That was what the OK symbol was literally invented to do: Both serve as a white supremacist symbol and also one that is just ordinary-enough looking that when liberals expressed outrage, the white supremacist could play the victim of liberal hysteria. So what does it mean when someone flashes the OK sign? In the end, it can mean almost anything, but primarily its one of three things: The first of these (and its most common, but also most declining, use) is harmless. But it cant credibly be claimed by anyone who has a record of involvement with the many far-right elements that swirl both around the Trump White House and outside it as well. Nor can it be claimed by street-protesting Proud Boys chanting far-right slogans. The second is less directly harmful, but hardly innocent of wreaking havoc. The normalization of the radical right under the rhetorical protection of self-proclaimed centrists and libertarians, particularly those who spread conspiracy theories and are often labeled the alt-lite, is a legacy that could last a generation or longer. The third is, of course, reflective of a toxic worldview and authoritarian politics, bent primarily on the destruction of liberal democracy. At the moment, it remains the smallest bloc of the three. Yet trolling culture, the ethos that fuels the second motivation, has proven a direct gateway not just to the alt-right, but also to even more poisonous cultures such as that of woman-hating incels. Its one thing to shrug off misbehavior by embracing the troll label, but it still means youre a participant in a toxic subculture. It’s easy for the second motivation to morph into the third. So when someone flashes the OK sign with that knowing smirk, its not just a harmless act that can be dismissed. It may or may not mean that they are a white nationalist attempting a sly signal. But the sign unquestionably identifies the user as one thing: a troll. Photo from Facebook.

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Coast Guard member flashes white power hand signal on TV

Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. A member of a U.S. Coast Guard team responding to Tropical Storm Florence in South Carolina appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in the background as a captain was being interviewed Friday by MSNBC. The man has since been removed from the Florence response operations and the incident is under investigation, said Coast Guard Lt. J.B. Zorn. The decision from the federal agency came after heavy backlash online to the apparent gesture captured on “Live with Ali Velshi.” Various Twitter users called for an investigation into the incident and others called for the member of the agency to be fired. “Whatever that symbol means, it doesn’t reflect the Coast Guard and our core values,” Zorn said. “It won’t be tolerated.” Coast Guard officials wouldn’t identify the man and declined to discuss possible disciplinary action. He flashed the signal as Capt. John Reed, commander of Florence response efforts in Charleston, South Carolina, was explaining a new tactic as the storm changed direction. A man in a red shirt was seen casually displaying the ‘OK’ hand signal against the right side of his face as he sat at a table in the background. While the gesture appears innocuous and may have started as an online troll campaign, it has seemingly become a symbol used by alt-right supporters to “trigger” liberals with the implicit suggestion that white nationalist views have become more prominent. The Coast Guard has been at the forefront of rescue operations in the Carolinas, where at least five people have died since the storm reached the coastline Friday morning. “Were not going to let one person detract from the good work the Coast Guard is doing in the region,” Zorn said. “We’re going to stay focused.”

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Kavanaugh hearing Day 1: Zina Bash appears to make "white …

Last Updated Sep 5, 2018 1:08 PM EDT The husband of Zina Bash, one of Brett Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, came to her defense after video circulated of Bash making a hand gesture that people online considered to be a “white power” sign during the Supreme Court nominee’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. John Bash, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, called the accusations “repulsive” on Twitter. A clip shows Bash, who was in direct view of TV cameras, appearing to hold her thumb and index finger into an O shape, with her other fingers extended. The gesture is commonly known as the “OK” sign, but has been associated with white supremacists recently. Twitter users accused Bash, who served in the Trump administration as an adviser on immigration policy, of making a “white power” symbol. John Bash defended his wife, who was born in Mexico and is Jewish on her father’s side. Her grandparents are Holocaust survivors. “The attacks today on my wife are repulsive,” Bash tweeted. “Everyone tweeting this vicious conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves.” He said his family wasn’t familiar with the hateful symbol associated with the “random way” she rested her hand. “We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people never have and never would,” he added. “I hope that people will clearly condemn this idiotic and sickening accusation.” The Republican from Texas currently serves as Attorney General Ken Paxton’s senior counsel on his executive leadership team. She previously worked in the White House as part of the Domestic Policy Council. Bash also worked on the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz and as a counsel to Sen. John Cornyn. In addition to Kavanaugh, she was a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. She attained her law degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), its origins come from an anonymous online hoax. The prominent anti-hate group says the “OK” hand gesture hoax originated in February 2017 when an anonymous 4channer announced Operation O-KKK, “claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.” The user even provided a helpful graphic showing how the letters WP for “white power” could be traced within an “OK” gesture, according to ADL. Mark Pivcavage, a senior research fellow with the ADL, chimed in Tuesday on Bash’s hand gesture, saying the hoax evolved and is now embraced by factions of Trump supporters and alt-right members. Pitcavage said not to assume Bash did it deliberately as a white power symbol. 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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White pride – Wikipedia

White pride is a motto primarily used by white separatist, white nationalist, neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations in order to signal racist or racialist viewpoints.[3][4] It is also a slogan used by the prominent post-Ku Klux Klan group Stormfront and a term used to make racist/racialist viewpoints more palatable to the general public who may associate historical abuses with the terms “white nationalist”, “neo-Nazi”, and “white supremacist”. Sociologists Betty A. Dobratz and Stephanie L. Shanks-Meile identified “White Power! White Pride!” as “a much-used chant of white separatist movement supporters”,[5] and sociologist Mitch Berbrier has identified the use of this phrase as part of a “new racist… frame-transformation and frame-alignment by (a) consciously packaging a ‘hate-free’ racism, (b) developing strategies of equivalence and reversalpresenting whites as equivalent to ethnic and racial minorities, and (c) deploying ideas about ‘love,’ ‘pride,’ and ‘heritage-preservation’ to evidence both their putative lack of animosity toward others as well as their ethnic credentials.”[6] In a social psychology experiment that tested how white participants could be influenced to identify with white pride ideology, social psychologists framed white pride as follows: [P]eople who openly express White pride seem invariably to be those alienated from the mainstream cultureKKK members, skin-heads, and White supremacistspeople trying to grab onto some basis for feeling good about themselves when conventional avenues such as successful careers and relationships are not working well for them. Consequently, the vast majority of people who avow White pride seem also to explicitly avow racism.[7] Sociologists Monica McDermott and Frank L. Samson documented the rhetorical evolution of white pride movements thus, “Because white pride has historically been predicated upon a denigration of nonwhites, the articulation of the duties and requirements of whiteness reflects a desire to correlate a conscious white identity with positive attributes.”[8] Political and social scientists commonly argue that the idea of “white pride” is an attempt to provide a clean or more palatable public face for white supremacy or white separatism and that it is an appeal to a larger audience in hopes of inciting more widespread racial violence.[9] According to Joseph T. Roy of the Southern Poverty Law Center, white supremacists often circulate material on the internet and elsewhere that “portrays the groups not as haters, but as simple white pride civic groups concerned with social ills”.[10] Philosopher David Ingram argues that “affirming ‘black pride’ is not equivalent to affirming ‘white pride,’ since the formerunlike the latteris a defensive strategy aimed at rectifying a negative stereotype”. By contrast, then, “affirmations of white pridehowever thinly cloaked as affirmations of ethnic prideserve to mask and perpetuate white privilege”. In the same vein, Professor of Education at University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Cris Mayo, characterizes white pride as “a politically distasteful goal, given that whiteness is not a personal or community identity, but has been a strategy to maintain inequities of privilege and power.”[12] Political scientists Carol M. Swain and Russell Nieli, in their text on white nationalism, identify the idea of “white pride” as a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. They argue that over the course of the 1990s, “a new white pride, white protest, and white consciousness movement has developed in America”. They identify three contributing factors: an immigrant influx during the 1980s and 1990s, resentment over affirmative action policies, and the growth of the Internet as a tool for the expression and mobilization of grievances.[13] As an alternative, Janet E. Helms, founding director of Boston College’s Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture was quoted in the book “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?”: And Other Conversations About Race as saying that a white person “must become aware of his or her Whiteness, accept it as personally and socially significant… … Not in the sense of Klan members’ ‘white pride’ but in the context of a commitment to a just society.”[14] Among people who strongly identify as white, research differentiates between a power cognizant group and a prideful group. The prideful group is more likely to devalue diversity and to show prejudice, while the power cognizant group is more likely to value diversity.[15] The slogan “White Pride Worldwide” appears on the logo of Stormfront, a website owned and operated by Don Black, who was formerly a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.[16] The North Georgia White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan describe themselves as “a patriotic, White Christian revival movement dedicated to preserving the maintenance of White Pride and the rights of the White Race”.[17] A 2002 study identified white pride as a motivation for racial hate crimes on a US college campus,[18] while in a different study on internet racism, the slogan was identified as being part of an emerging transnationalist trend in white supremacist movements.[19] The slogan was also documented to have been used in hate speech incidents at New York University,[20] Vassar College,[21] and Temple University,[22] and it was a slogan used in posters put up by a white supremacist organization at dozens of US colleges.[23] Certain Denver Nuggets jerseys were named “white pride” by Adidas and were listed as such on the team’s website in 2016, after which internet outcry prompted the team to rename the jerseys.[24] Similarly, a fitness room in River Falls, Wisconsin was renamed to avoid the racist connotations of it being referred to as the “White Pride Fitness Room”.[25] The slogan was chanted along with “White Power” by up to 100 neo-Nazis rallying in Manchester, United Kingdom in March 2015[26] and was the theme of a March 2016 event in Swansea[27] and a March 2017 event in Edinburgh,[28] all of which were organized by the National Front. In an expos from The Week, James Poulos warned that “Europe is on track to rediscover what looks to us like a highly unsettling form of white pride.”[29]

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White Power T-Shirts – CafePress

Make a bold statement with our White Power T-Shirts, or choose from our wide variety of expressive graphic tees for any season, interest or occasion . Whether you want a sarcastic t-shirt or a geeky t-shirt to embrace your inner nerd, CafePress has the tee you’re looking for. If you’d rather wear your own personalized design, create a custom t-shirt just for you. If you want clothing that reflects who you are, shop our extensive t-shirt collection today.

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Urban Dictionary: white power

White power is an backwoods, recently moved urban, code-word for white supremacy. It is meant to moralize or rally whites in the presence of something socially encouraging that furthers the ‘white-movement’.It has been proven difficult to get people out of thsse mindsets, as a lot of white people set the bar for idiocy and stereotypes of racism, and never quite let their white brethren live down the constant bullshit that always seems to stream out of a white supremacist’s mouth.

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White Power (Watch to the end!) – YouTube

Watch the BRAND NEW episode at: http://www.whitepowerwebseries.comVisit the filmmaker’s channel http://www.ronkarmstrong.com January 23, 2008, filmmaker Ronald K. Armstrong was granted access to a white supremacist group known as the White Knights. For the first time ever he was able to get an uncensored and unparalleled view into their secret world. The film you are about to see documents the experience.

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Rally planned in opposition to ‘white power,’ graffiti at Findlay Riverside Park – Toledo Blade

Share Share Email Print FINDLAY Activists plan to rally Sunday in Riverside Park, after vandals sprayed racist graffiti there over the weekend. TheFindlay Civil Rights Alliance will host the rally at 4 p.m. to protest white supremacy, organizerKatie Finneran said.The unknown vandals painted swastikas orwhite power in about a half-dozen places, either late Saturday or early Sunday, Findlay Parks and Recreation Superintendent Matt Stoffel said. Crews spent much of Monday cleaning the pool and bathhouse. There are currently no cameras at the park, located at 231 McManness Ave., and the closure of a nearby bridge means traffic in the area is minimal right now. Ms. Finneran said she believes its important to organize liberal groups in opposition to white supremacists groups.The alliance formed the day after the presidential election, and Ms. Finneran said rallies have at times faced bigoted reactions. I think in Findlay we have had particular problems with white supremacy, Ms. Finneran said. Our first anti-Trump march the day after he got elected, we had people in our hometown drive by us and scream white power, Ms. Finneran said. Ms. Finneran added Findlay-area residents who identify as right-wing Proud Boyshave attended previous alliance rallies and stood in the middle of the crowd in an attempt to intimidate protesters. A post onofficialproudboys.comsaysall that is required to become a Proud Boy is that a man declare he is a Western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world. Ms. Finneran said it didnt matter if the vandals who hit the parkwere teens who painted the graffiti as a prank, or if they were sincerely expressing white supremacist views, as those who have that ideology see such public messages and are emboldened by them. Regardless of how the fire gets started, the smoke signal is out, she said. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalikdid not return a request for comment. In an Aug. 12 Facebook post, she said, Hatred has no place in a civil and free society. The Findlay community stands with Mayor Mike Signer and Charlottesville. Similar rallies have taken place in Maumee and at University of Toledo in the wake of the recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville Va., when a woman was killed after a car rammed into a crowd of counter protesters. James A. Fields, Jr., 20, of Toledo is accused of driving the vehicle. Contact Nolan Rosenkrans atnrosenkrans@theblade.com,or 419-724-6086or onTwitter @NolanRosenkrans.

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After Charlottesville, White Power Much Weaker on Social – The Good Men Project (blog)

> Source: 30dB.com White%20Nationalists This post is the opinion of the the author and does not necessarily represent The Good Men Project. After a self-proclaimed white nationalist rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, white nationalism has been on the retreat, both in person and online. Social has seen the movements banners dip to 82 percent negative sentiment from the mid 60s percent negative earlier in the month. Some activists took Socials furor against the Charlottesville nationalists even further, rounding up mug shots of participants in the rally and making sure they went viral. Many white nationalists have been fired from their day jobs for their weekend activities, while some have been banned from Twitter, Patreon and other online platforms. Christopher Cantwell, who was seen on Vice defending the alleged white nationalist who is accused of killing a protester with his Dodge Challenger, was even kicked off OkCupid. But Cantwell sang his hateful tune when InsideEdition.com reached out to him for comment. K-s will stop at nothing, Cantwell told them, using the racial slur for Jewish people. Hugo Guzman Republished from 30dB 30dBis a free opinion search engine based on our ongoing analysis of social media and news.Think Google but for opinion on just about anything youre interested in. We also produce stories like the one youre reading covering the Internets opinion on events in the news. Feel free to add related topics, compare topics and even launch new searches through our live infographics all without leaving the page. You created social media, were giving it back to you a bit more organized.

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