US Coast Guard Member Removed from Hurricane Response Team Over Hand Gesture

US Coast Guard Member Removed from Hurricane Response Team Over Hand Gesture

A member of a U.S. Coast Guard team responding to Tropical Storm Florence in SC appeared to flash a white power hand gesture in the background as a captain was being interviewed Friday by MSNBC.

As the campaign spread, however, the symbol was simultaneously adopted by the alt-right - an umbrella term for those on the far right who embrace white nationalist views - and the pro-Trump internet, both of whom seem to primarily use the gesture to "trigger" liberals who believed the hand sign was a decoder ring to detect secret Nazis.

Outrage followed on social media. In a statement, the agency said the incident was a "frustrating distraction" amid the risky hurricane that is poised to affect more than 10 million people this week in the Southeast.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it "removed" a member from its Hurricane Florence response team Friday after he made an "OK" hand gesture on live TV that the service branch deemed "offensive".

Not long after, the Coast Guard sent the unidentified member packing: "The Coast Guard has. removed him from the response", the organization tweeted.

"His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard", one of the federal agencies responding to Hurricane Florence which has since weakened to a tropical storm and killed at least six people in the southeastern United States.

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"The Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response. These types of actions are not reflective of the core values of the Coast Guard".

Coast Guard Lt. J.B. Zorn later gave a statement that the unidentified man had been removed from duty and that the incident is now under investigation.

What does the gesture really mean?

There's no clear consensus whether the "OK" hand gesture constitutes a hate symbol.

The Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the conspiracy theory, pointing out its origins as a hoax started on the 4chan website.

Early previous year, the once innocuous hand gesture became synonymous with the white power movement. The most benign meaning of the gesture is that it simply communicates everything is OK or good.

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