Even looking at the ok symbol through the kindest lens (as simply a meme), it was a meme that was made to make people of color and their allies upset and uncomfortable in a space. Would that not make anyone that participated in the trolling, either online or in public, participants of hate? You are intentionally trying to make people feel uncomfortable and unwelcome for the lols. Sounds like a really shitty thing to do.
I was fully aware of the 4chan origins, and I still use the ok gesture, but context is critical. White supremacists started using the ok gesture in their own circles, because they would just claim they were "trolling" too. Ever hear of Poe's law?
Besides, it's 4chan. The cesspool of the internet. Nothing is "just a meme" there.
Dude, context is critical. Are you trying to tell me this level of trolling has no racial undertones whatsoever?! I still use the okay symbol too, but I have enough brain cells to tell when someone is intentionally being an asshole.
My friends and I were really pissed off at the ADL for classifying the okay symbol as a hate symbol back in 2019, and we continued to use it defiantly, because we were not going to let it be co-opted. So, no, we were not going to let the racists take something from us. If you really think mocking and mentally distressing people over their desire to not offend other people is HILARIOUS, then there is something seriously wrong with you.
I didn't mention anything in my post about it being right or wrong. If anything, I'm just pointing out how dumb it is to fall for it. Just like you mentioned, the government took it seriously and added it as a symbol of hate which is ridiculous. They added a fucking OK symbol that is widely used by everyone as a hate symbol just so ADL can probably claim they're actually doing something and not being a complete waste of money. And I guess also to make some boogeyman real. Let that sink into your head how dumb that is.
You can assume that they were being racist on that pic but you have nothing to support it. Just so you know, he willingly surrendered his phone and they have not found anything to suggest any evidences that can tie the incident to any racial motives. Even his Facebook account was searched and was found to be clear. Just take the L dude. You fell for a fucking 4chan meme.Last edited by iron_megalith - on 23 November 2021