Political correctness has taken another extreme turn. 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has added a hand signal to a list of things that “show that you’re a white supremacist”. 

It’s the gesture widely known for saying things are “good-to-go”.  It’s made a new database from the ADL that says the sign has been hijacked.

One could argue it’s been hijacked by them.

They added 36 new entries Thursday to their “database of hate symbols used by white supremacists and other far-right extremists”, including the symbol meant to mean “ok”.

The Anti-Defamation League says the hand symbol began its circulation as a hoax by members of the website 4chan.  They argue it was used as a popular trolling tactic, suggesting the hand gesture formed a “W” and “P” for “white power.” 

They then go on to say that by 2019, it was being used “in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy”.

According to Al Jazeera, the murderer responsible for the New Zealand massacre that killed 51 people flashed an upside down “OK” symbol when he appeared in court.

Mark Pitcavage is the senior fellow in ADL’s Center on Extremism.

“While some hate symbols are short-lived, others take on a life of their own and become tools for online trolling,” he said. “We pay special attention to those symbols that exhibit staying power as well as those that move from online usage into the real world.”

What else made the list? The “bowlcut”.

That’s right – the bowl-shaped haircut was also among the newest entry of symbols condemned by the civil rights group.

Why is that?  Because “white supremacist mass killer” Dylann Roof, who shot and killed nine black people in 2015 at a church in Charleston, South Carolina had that style of haircut.

The ADL is a Jewish civil rights group.

Their online database that they added the symbols to is called “Hate on Display”.

They describe it as a longstanding list that provides explanations for symbols, memes and slogans that are frequently used by hate groups.

The group list was launched in 2000 in New York City to “help law enforcement officers, school officials and others recognize signs of extremist activity” – and it now has more than 200 entries.

“Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

The group says they plan on printing a brochure with the “hate symbols” to distribute to local law enforcement and made available to school districts across the country.

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Speaking of political correctness… how about the move in San Francisco?

The city has apparently decided that referring to convicted felons as, well… convicted felons, is no longer okay, and has rebranded the language to ‘justice-involved person’.

And that’s not the only phrase they’re changing.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, from now on a convicted felon or an offender released from custody will be known as a “formerly incarcerated person,” or a “justice-involved” person or just a “returning resident.”

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San Francisco is known for its open views and lax stance on crime. But this might be taking it too far. (Wikipedia Commons)

 

Drug addicts or substance abusers will become “a person with a history of substance use.”

Parolees are now a “person under supervision.” A juvenile “delinquent” will become a “young person with justice system involvement,” or a “young person impacted by the juvenile justice system.”

Returning resident? Justice-involved? People… let’s be real. A spade is a spade… even if you decide to start calling it something else.

Apparently calling a criminal a criminal isn’t politically correct… and now the city is pushing for new language throughout the criminal justice system to help change the way everyday citizens think about people who commit crimes. 

 

Let’s not forget that San Francisco boasts some pretty intense numbers when it comes to crime rates.

According to Neighborhood Scout, with a crime rate of 70 per one thousand residents, San Francisco has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.

Maybe they should be teaching the community about how to better their lives… instead of changing the phrasing to make them feel better about their mistakes.

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The homeless population in San Francisco is booming… and so is the city’s crime rate. (Flickr)

 

“We don’t want people to be forever labeled for the worst things that they have done,” Supervisor Matt Haney told the newspaper. “We want them ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

So instead of describing a repeat offending drug addict who stole from you… police might have to refer to them as “a returning resident who was involved with the justice system and who is currently under supervision with a history of substance use.”

 

Seriously? 

This is also the city that started a poop patrol service to help clean human waste off of the streets that stems from an overwhelming homeless population. Yes… it’s literally a crew that cleans up after people instead of finding ways to get them not to defecate in the streets…

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Instead of trying to decriminalize our language, why don’t we push our communities to live within the bounds of the law? 

Along with the board that came up with these new terms, the district attorney has also pledged his commitment to the change in phrasing.

Mayor London Breed has not yet endorsed the new language. 

 

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