US Coast Guard Member Removed from Hurricane Response Team Over Hand Gesture

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 15, 2018

A member of the United States Coast Guard was removed from the Hurricane Florence response team on Friday after he surreptitiously flashed a hand signal for "white power" on live T.V.

Some said it was inappropriate simply because of the seriousness of the hurricane.

The agency immediately responded to the outcry and distanced from the controversy. Not long after, the Coast Guard sent the unidentified member packing: "The Coast Guard has. removed him from the response", the organization tweeted.

There have been at least four deaths since the storm reached the coastline on Friday morning, according to officials.

In a statement provided to Buzzfeed News, the Coast Guard called the incident a "frustrating distraction. during our hurricane response" and said that "these types of actions are not reflective of the core values of the Coast Guard". Which leaves it uncertain: Is this an online joke or a white-power symbol-or did one become the other? "His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard". The Anti-Defamation League, for example, has deemed that it is not. The comment "Our goal is to convince people on twitter that the "ok" hand sign has been co-opted by neo-nazis" was followed by others reading "We successfully false flagged" and "HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA". "Well, no, it hasn't, but you are likely to hear just the opposite from social media, thanks to the latest hoax from members of notorious website 4chan", read a post from the anti-racism group.

The issue was also raised last week when Twitter users accused a former clerk to Judge Brett Kanavaugh of making the hand sign intentionally during his Supreme Court nomination hearings, claims that were quickly debunked.

There seems to be much confusion over whether the OK hand signal is truly a hate symbol.

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