OK hand gesture is a hate symbol, ADL says

A member of the far-right group "Proud Boys" makes the OK hand gesture believed to have white supremacist connotations during "The End Domestic Terrorism" rally at Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. - No major incidents were reported on Saturday afternoon in Portland (western USA) during a far-right rally and far-left counter-demonstration, raising fears of violent clashes between local authorities and US President Donald Trump, who was monitoring the event "very closely". (Photo by John Rudoff / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN RUDOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — The OK hand gesture and the bowl-cut hairstyle are among 36 new entries to the Anti-Defamation League’s online listing of hate symbols.

The new entries include white supremacist symbols adopted in recent years by the alt-right segment of the white supremacist movement.

The OK gesture began as a hoax but became a symbol of white supremacy, according to the ADL. 

Such symbols have appeared at white supremacist events, frequently appear online and have also spread into other more popular mainstream platforms. 

ADL created the Hate on Display symbols database in 2000 as part of its effort to track hate groups.

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