Gregory Hood, American Renaissance, December 21, 2019
The United States is the world’s only superpower, but no less a figure than the Secretary of Defense had to go to war against the “OK” sign.
During the Army-Navy football game a cadet made the wicked sign. Three House Democrats demanded an official investigation — and they’re getting it. “There is no room whatsoever for anybody to have — to be — a white nationalist or to be a member of any hate group whatsoever or harbor anything like that,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told journalists.
What a difference from Army Chief of Staff George Casey’s declaration after a Muslim major killed 13 soldiers and wounded 30 more at Ford Hood! “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse,” he said. Apparently, any bad feeling about Muslims would be worse than 13 dead Americans.
No one was hurt at the football game – or has ever been hurt – by an “OK” sign. It’s almost certain that the cadets were playing something called the “circle game,” not flashing some kind of “white power” symbol. Nothing daunted, the media lectured us about why this is a national scandal.
- “Why we must take white supremacist symbols seriously,” CNN, December 8, 2019
- “How the ‘Okay’ hand sign keeps tricking us into looking,” The Washington Post, December 16, 2019
- “When the O.K. Sign Is No Longer O.K.,” The New York Times, December 15, 2019
The Anti-Defamation League has declared the “OK” sign a “hate symbol” and now, employers obediently punish people for using it, and journalists write panicky stories about it.
- “Family outraged after Universal character made ‘OK’ symbol on 6-year-old’s shoulder,” USA Today, October 3, 2019
- “Jasper police officers suspended for ‘white power’ hand symbol in post-arrest photo,” AL.com, March 6, 2019
- “A Coast Guard officer on Florence duty made a hand gesture on TV. Some saw a white-power sign.,” Washington Post, September 14, 2019
President Trump uses the sign all the time, which is why his fans do too. Of course, you can find non-white, leftist figures making the “OK” sign. Here’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
However, if President Trump makes the sign while talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he might be making a white power symbol, according to Rolling Stone. The “OK” sign thus is simultaneously racist and non-racist, much like discussing demographic trends.
The army has gone even further than hysteria over “OK.”
Army Football recently dropped the slogan GFBD (God Forgives, Brothers Don’t) because the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas apparently uses it. I’ve never heard of it, let alone mastered its prison lingo. Yet God help the naïve football fan who mistakenly tweets out the acronym next year. Does this mean that if any “hate group” uses anything, including the American flag, no one else can use it?
There have been stories about gangs – which are almost always black or Hispanic – Infiltrating the military. Gang “tags” have even appeared in American combat zones.
- “FBI says U.S. criminal gangs are using military to spread their reach,” Stars & Stripes, December 7, 2006
- “The FBI Announces Gangs Have Infiltrated Every Branch Of The Military,” Business Insider, October 22, 2011
- “Are street gangs infiltrating the US military?,” VT, March 14, 2018
Today, there’s far more coverage of “white nationalists” in the armed forces. CNN reports the latest scandal: “Senate removes phrase ‘white nationalist’ from measure intended to screen military enlistees.” Does that mean the “Republican-controlled Senate,” as the article was at pains to specify, thinks “white nationalism” is fine? Of course not. Buried in the seventh paragraph is the explanation: the language “was expanded . . . to include extremist organizations of all kinds: white nationalists, radical Muslims, gang members, and others who aren’t suitable to join the military.”
While the Senate’s stance on all “extremists” is slightly less crazy than the language that singled out “white nationalists,” it’s still insulting. “White nationalists” apparently include soldiers in the American Identity Movement, some of whom were punished when their membership was revealed. The American military, like the corporate media, seems to take the Southern Poverty Law Center’s orders on who is and is not a “hater.”
Meanwhile, displays of black nationalism or loyalty to non-white foreign powers remain mostly unreported and certainly unpunished. Just days after a Saudi “ally” killed servicemen at a Naval base, a spokesman said there was “no immediate threat” from other Saudis. If there were a threat, would the military tell us? Fort Hood’s Maj. Nidal Hasan delivered “anti-American rants” and supported decapitation for infidels during a class lecture. No one acted, for fear of being called a racist.
On our porous border, Mexico is losing its sovereignty to cartels. Mexican army defectors created perhaps the most dangerous gang, Los Zetas. At least one Chinese-American soldier spied for China. Some American officers fear the United States cannot defeat and China in a war in Asia.
Our armed forces face real, military problems, but the generals can’t even stand up to an invented controversy. No self-respecting military would behave this way, let alone a superpower’s. America is not a serious country; we are getting the military we deserve.