[Ed. – It’s the misuse of this designation to vilify innocent people and expression that will be the problem. Millions and millions of people have used the OK hand sign their entire lives to mean, you know, “OK.” A bowl haircut may be a bad style choice for everyone on earth, but it’s just a haircut. These forms of expression aren’t in the same league as the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” caricature referred to in the article, which has no use other than to depict Jews prejudicially.]
The “OK” hand symbol, the bowl-style haircut of Dylann Roof and the “Happy Merchant” meme are among the 36 new symbols added Thursday to the online database of hate symbols maintained by a Jewish civil rights group.
The symbols were added to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) online “Hate on Display” database, which already includes burning crosses, Ku Klux Klan robes, the swastika and many other overt symbols of racism and anti-Semitism.
“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,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO, said in a statement.
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