Be careful, comrade, you when let everyone know all is OK. Or when you stretch your hand. Or flash your winnings.
Because you are signaling (if you’re reading this aloud to someone, do so in a whisper) — you are signaling white supremacy.
Yes, you. White. Supremacy.
How, you ask? It happens when you touch your forefinger to your thumb to make what is commonly known as the “OK” sign.
That’s what a 17-year-old Hamilton, Ontario, girl reportedly did in a picture she posted on social media when she was excited to get a high school co-op position at Juravinski Hospital.
The hospital found out and allegedly fired her from her co-op placement.
“It wasn’t meant to be racist and it wouldn’t happen again,” Megan Breeze told the Hamilton Spectator. “I just thought it means ‘OK.’ Like a thumbs up sign.”
Hamilton Health Services said a community member noticed the photo and made a tip accusing Breeze of racism.
“We informed the school board when we were made aware of the posts in early October,” HHS spokesperson Wendy Stewart. “As the pictures in the posts were taken at HHS sites, we acted decisively to emphasize that we expect all persons who come to our sites, regardless of whether they are an employee, patient, visitor or vendor to behave in a manner that ensures everyone at HHS feels respected, safe and welcome.”
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board spokesperson Shawn McKillop said the details were “confidential.”
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