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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. This use of the signal preceded the 4chan hoax that made it go viral. Milo Yiannopoulos adopted the symbol on social media as early as Somewhat in reaction, the Anti-Defamation League published a piece dismissing the whole question as a product of the 4chan hoax.
At a gathering of Proud Boys in Salem, Oregon, that hosted former Trump adviser Roger Stone, the entire group was photographed making the sign. Eventually the whole matter was dismissed as liberal silliness. 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. Nor Various - White Power they blame members of the minority groups who reasonably find such hand signals potentially threatening for being upset. More obscure symbols can be Various - White Power 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. So what does it mean when someone flashes the OK Various - White Power The first of these and its most common, but also most declining, use is harmless.
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 third is, of course, reflective of a toxic Various - Just The Best 2/99 and authoritarian politics, bent primarily on the destruction of liberal democracy. At the moment, it remains the smallest bloc of the three.
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