So I heard for the first time today that putting your fingers in the “okay” sign is not okay. I did not know that. But some people are claiming that the “okay” sign is actual a “white power” sign.I learned this when I was watching the Senate’s hearing on Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy, Brett Kavanaugh.
There was a woman, Zina Bash, sitting behind Kavanaugh. Bash is a Washington, D.C. attorney who has worked as a Kavanaugh law clerk and prepped him for the hearings. She seen making what appears to be an “okay” sign gesture.
Oh come now. Plenty of people make the “okay” sign. I have and I’m certainly not a white supremacist.
But I did watch a video replay and it appears that Ms. Bash picked up her phone, saw what may have been a text message, and then very deliberately placed her right hand across her left arm, visible to the TV cameras, with her forefinger and thumb connected to make a circle with the other three fingers fully extended. She held the hand gesture for at least 44 seconds.
If that gesture is what some claim to be known around the world as a gesture of white supremacy — something I was blissfully unaware of — she certainly seemed to be doing it intentionally. I don’t know what what message Zina Bash was trying to send, but to my eye, it was definitely deliberate.
You learn something new every day, they say. But there are some things I’d really rather not learn.