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BALTIMORE, MD- Uh oh…where’s Al Sharpton? Joy Reid? Don Lemon? At CNN’s Biden (Attempted) Redemption Tour town hall Thursday, Joe Biden was asked by a [hand selected] audience member about taxing the rich.
When Biden answered the question, he appeared to do his creepy whisper and then flashed a white supremacist hand signal. Wait, what?
The president of the United States of America pic.twitter.com/aKMiWKzKUP
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 22, 2021
Yup, old Joe flashed the OK sign, which in recent years among the lefties has come to symbolize a sign of white supremacy, according to The Right Scoop.
Since this was Biden and way past his bedtime, most in the left-leaning media will probably blow it off. Of course, if it were someone like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or God forbid Donald Trump who flashed that sign? He’s signaling to the Proud Boys, the KKK, the Three Percenters!
“The operation is on!” he would be accused of signaling.
All of this of course shows the absurdity of the left. Clearly Biden’s creepy whisper as he flashed the OK sign was probably code for how many operable brain cells he current possesses. Was it zero, or three? Who knows? We’re taking the under.
He's whispering again… pic.twitter.com/B5qOhRtRnt
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 22, 2021
That hand gesture has of course been used typically when far left loons want to accuse someone on the right or who they otherwise hate, like a police officer, of being a racist white supremacist. How did all of this come about?
Well, according to the New York Times, it all depends on who is using it. The sign has been used for centuries and is used in both sign language as well as yoga, as well as when it is used 99.9% of the time…to signal OK.
However the Times warns that the signal has been appropriated for nefarious purposes—to signify “white power!” According to the Anti-Defamation League, it has become an extremist meme.
And in 2019, those rascally cadets and midshipmen who attended West Point and Annapolis allegedly flashed the OK signal during television coverage of the annual Army-Navy football game, sparking an investigation to find if it was a racial gesture.
The New York Times, which denied the Holocaust and which allowed the publication of the trash rewrite of history, the 1619 Project, launched an investigation to find the origins of the racist hand sign. They were able to trace it back to 1839 and a story in the Boston Morning Post.
So how did an innocuous hand gesture suddenly become a symbol that causes leftists to lose their minds?
Apparently on a message board called 4chan, a group of tricksters started something called “Operation O-KKK,” whereby they wanted to trick gullible people—otherwise known as liberals and mainstream media—into believing the gesture was actually code for white power. They apparently succeeded.
“We must flood twitter and other social media websites with span, claiming that the OK hand signal is a symbol of white supremacy,” one user posted, while suggesting everyone create bogus social media accounts “with basic white girl names” to push the narrative.
What started out as a hoax soon evolved, with neo-Nazis, KKK members and other white nationalists starting to use the gesture in public. They claimed the “OK” symbol was in fact a “W” and a “P”—for “white power.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a useless collection of leftists soon identified memes involving a made-up religion of Kek and a cartoon character, Pepe the Frog as being symbols of white nationalists.
The symbol gained additional use as an alleged racist symbol when it was used by Richard Spencer, one of the promoters of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 which Joe Biden claims made him decide to continue his 40 year quest to be president of the United States. Maybe it was the “OK” symbol that motivated Joe. After all, he used it himself this week.
Leftists went bonkers during the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh when a White House aide Zina Bash was alleged to have “flashed the sign” as she sat behind him.
Defenders of Bash called the allegations absurd, saying that she was merely flashing OK to someone, not dog whistling “rabid right-wing lunatics.”
In 2019, Brenton Tarrant, accused of killing 50 people in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand was seen flashing the sign to reporters during a court hearing, which the ADL called a “sincere expression of white supremacy.”
So the question becomes, when is the OK symbol one of white supremacy and when is it not? LeBron James has been seen flashing the sign…so has Beyonce. And now Biden.
In 2018, the United States Coast Guard suspended an officer who used the sign on camera during an MSNBC broadcast.
That same year, four Jasper, Alabama police officers were suspended when a photo was published showing them flashing the sign below the waist. And a Chicago Cubs fan was permanently barred from Wrigley Field in Chicago after he allegedly made the gesture behind an NBC sports commentator during a Cubs broadcast.
More recently, ousted Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo put an officer on leave for allegedly flashing the sign during a group photo with other officers; in fact that officer flashed a “double” OK sign…which he said was a sign for the six officers (3+3=6 for liberals) in the photo.
It is unknown what that officer’s status is, but hopefully since Acevedo was kicked out on his ass from Miami after only six months, the officer has been restored.
As the ADL says, the traditional meaning of the “OK” hand gesture as well as the number of legitimate uses not tied into white supremacy means “particular care must be taken not to jump to conclusions about the intent behind someone who has used the gesture.”
We get it…if liberals or people liberals like use the gesture, it’s good; if conservatives, police officers, members of the military or Trump supporters use the gesture, it’s a dog whistle to violent right wing white supremacists. If Biden uses it? He’s just clueless and probably doesn’t know what it means.
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The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.
MIAMI, FL- Of all the insufferable frauds serving as police chiefs in the country, Miami chief Art Acevedo has got to be at the top of the list.
For the most part and with very few exceptions, police chiefs in larger cities are typically political suck ups who get the job because they have the right political party next to their name or carry the water for city officials.
Acevedo, who just came to Miami from Houston, Texas, where he left that city’s department in a shambles, recently suspended police officer Daniel Ubeda for using a hand gesture alleged by some to be a white supremacist symbol in a photo posted to social media.
The far-left so-called “Anti-Defamation League” claims the symbol, reminiscent to an “OK” sign is a symbol of white supremacy.
Now, a Miami television station, WPLG Local 10 has received a photo of Acevedo using that same exact hand signal at an event when he was chief of Houston.
The outlet said they spoke to Houston’s current Chief of Police Troy Finner, who was present when the photo of Acevedo was taken as he was “throwing up the threes.”
“That’s at Jack Yates High School, Third Ward. There’s so much pride. That’s a historically African American community in Houston. If you talk to any Third Ward person, they call it ‘throwing up the threes,’” Finner said.
“These individuals are extremely proud,” Finner said. “They asked the chief to come throw up the Third Ward sign and he did.”
Acevedo was out of town at a conference and unable to comment on the picture, who referred Local 10 to Finner.
Finner said the signal was actually tribute to career criminal George Floyd, with Acevedo’s picture being taken three weeks after his death in Minneapolis.
“I was there that day,” said Finner. “It was a celebration of George Floyd,” he told the Miami Herald.
Local 10 said a quick Internet search found singer Beyonce, a black by the way, flashing the same exact sign. So, is it a racist symbol or not?
You really are dumb. My ex-fiance is from Houston. The three-finger symbol is the sign for Houston's Third Ward. Same as Beyonce does here. I realize you hate the police and Cuban-Americans but try to be less obvious. We appreciate @ArtAcevedo and all he's doing. pic.twitter.com/N6VGxpBNqB
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) August 21, 2021
The sign has also been flashed by others such as social justice warrior and part-time NBA player the overrated LeBron James. LeBron James is clearly a white supremacist:
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) May 3, 2021
The Miami Police Union, already in a contentious relationship with Acevedo for his telling officers who don’t want to get vaccinated to look elsewhere for employment, posted a picture of Acevedo “throwing up the threes” on their Twitter page entitled “Do as I say not as I do.”
— Miami FOP 20 (@miamifop) August 20, 2021
Ubeda was suspended by Acevedo last week while internal affairs looks into the picture taken with six other members of his squad, in which Ubeda flashes the exact same hand gesture used by Acevedo.
Tommy Reyes, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police said the picture wasn’t meant to go public.
“This was meant to be private between him and his six guys,” Reyes said. “It was not supposed to be posted on Twitter.”
According to Reyes, Ubeda who flashed the “threes” with both of his hands said the gesture referred to “six” of his colleagues on his shift and not white power. He also noted that Ubeda’s supervisor as well as the commander who tweeted the photo are black, and they never raised any issues with the hand gesture.
There may be a lot more to the story, however. Acevedo, who has never met a left-wing cause he doesn’t believe in, likely heard about an incident from last year involving Ubeda.
In October, he was photographed at a local polling station wearing his full uniform and wearing a face mask that read, “Trump 2020 No More Bullshit,” as reported at the time by Law & Crime.
The image went viral on social media, with one whiner claiming it amounted to “city funded voter intimidation,” while calling for the officer’s immediate suspension. Cry us a river.
Here is @CityofMiami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Trump mask inside of the polling location in government center.
This is city funded voter intimidation.
Ubeda should be suspended immediately. pic.twitter.com/TbJxu6mcem
— Steve Simeonidis (@stevesimeonidis) October 20, 2020
The police department released a statement shortly after the photo went viral and said it was being “addressed immediately.”
“We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform. This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately,” the department wrote on Twitter at the time.
If anyone thinks Acevedo is above using his office for political retribution, they should think again.
This is of course another in a long line of people taking a simple signal and making it into something it isn’t.
For example, last year a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! was slammed by the Twitterverse for allegedly flashing the “white power” sign commonly known among normal people to mean “OK” when she won his third straight final.
— T.F. (@Lakotasky) April 28, 2021
NBA players commonly flash the symbol when they hit a 3-point shot.
In other words, this is an outrage in search of a problem.
Acevedo might want to rethink his suspension of this officer for something that clearly was not what he claims it to be.
Still, the symbol is not without its controversy, with the New York Times reporting in 2019 that Neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other white nationalists are known to use the gesture in public “to signal their presence and to spot potential sympathizers and recruits.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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