By Cody Roark
The military investigations into the hand gestures flashed by Naval Academy midshipman and West Point cadets at the recent Navy-Army football game has concluded. The results of the investigation have deemed the hand gestures as not having any racist intent.
The gestures in question were caught on camera at the televised football game and immediately lit up the social media scene. As the Navy and Army probed into the matter, they found that the hand gestures were simply part of a game. There was no association between the gestures and any racist or white supremacist movement of any kind.
The game being referred to is called “The Circle Game.” It is a game in which players hold an upside down “OK” symbol below the waist. Any other participant that looks at the circle will then be punched by the person who made it in the first place. This is a game that has been around for quite some time and is popular among high school students across the United States.
The entire reason for the gesture being associated with racism is all part of a hoax from 2017. Users on the website 4chan falsely promoted the symbol as a sign for white power. They claimed that the three fingers in the upright position stood for the “W” and the circle created by the index finger and thumb combined with forearm represented the “P” for white power. At the time, it was just the latest in a series of similar hoaxes. The hoaxers had hoped that the media would overreact by condemning very common gestures and symbols as being associated with racism. It would appear that the tactic has worked causing the waste of tax-payer dollars to launch a full-scale investigation into nothing more than a childish game.
Navy and Army officials have now concluded that, despite no correlation with racism or white supremacy, the cadets and midshipmen will still face punishment for their actions. This is because they feel that said cadets and midshipmen should know how to conduct themselves in a professional manner. Especially while in an environment where the eyes of the public are on them.
With this investigation completed, hopefully more people will be aware that this is truly just a kids’ game. It has never actually been used for racist intentions and all accusations thereof are part of an ongoing hoax. A hoax that has now been played into on several separate occasions by media outlets around the nation.