Last Updated on February 17, 2022
After listing the ‘OK’ Hand Symbol and bowl cuts–yes, bowl cuts–as hate symbols; it appears as if the ADL has made another addition: Anti-Antifa images.
In the age of censorship led by elites to determine political outcomes, the ADL has let its mask slip in classifying seemingly innocuous symbols as hateful.
The OK Hand Symbol troll began on internet message boards such as 4chan, but the media and certain groups took issue with the symbol, identifying it with hate and ‘white supremacy.’
In a previous article by the National File:
In 2017, an online troll campaign began to trick the media into thinking that the OK sign was a white supremacist one, given how willing they are to decry anything as racist. As expected, the legacy media jumped right onto it, but the ADL themselves did not take the bait, and noted the trolling for what it was.
As comical as it may appear, the fact that powerful groups such as the ADL can go to such lengths to demonize the symbol exposes the sheer power wielded by the group. The fact is, the ADL is flexing its muscles rather than making the world a better place, free from ‘hate.’
According to the ADL, opposing Antifa makes you a white supremacist. pic.twitter.com/JHKVYhzki4
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 27, 2019
According to the ADL’s page:
Although white supremacist animus is often thought of as being directed against religious, racial and ethnic minorities, a significant portion of their hateful rhetoric is directed against the political left, including both the mainstream and far left. For example, a common alt right meme offers “free helicopter rides” to people on the left, a reference to the tactic used by right-wing dictatorships in Argentina and Chile of throwing left-wing critics of the regime from helicopters.
White supremacist anti-left (or sinistrophobic) symbology especially targets far left and anarchist activists who have dedicated themselves to actively opposing and exposing white supremacists. In the 1990s and 2000s, for example, white supremacists created images that targeted anti-racist skinheads known as SHARPS (for “Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice”), such as placing a red circle and diagonal bar, or a gun sight, on top of an image of a Trojan helmet (a common SHARP symbol).
More recently, white supremacists have created similar imagery directed against antifa (short for anti-fascist), the loosely-organized left-wing and anarchist anti-racist movement. White supremacists have coined the term “anti-antifa” for themselves. Some anti-antifa symbology simply re-imagines earlier anti-SHARP imagery, such as overlaying a red circle and diagonal bar on top of a common antifa symbols such as side-by-side red or red and black flags (derived from the logo of the 1930s German anti-fascist group Antifaschistische Aktion) or three downward-facing arrows (originating with German and Austrian Social Democrats opposing Nazism in the 1930s).
Other anti-antifa symbology perverts common antifa slogans and logos, such as changing “Good Night White Pride” to “Good Night Left Side.” Often anti-antifa symbology implicitly or explicitly promotes violence against left-wing activists.
Antifa, despite relatively favorable press coverage in some instances, has failed to captivate the hearts of the wider public due to acts of vandalism, unprovoked violence, and suppression of free speech caught on film multiple times.