Video shown on the Today show this morning of the aftermath of yesterday's incident at a Cleveland elementary school where a dozen or so kids were sickened after a kid brought in marijuana-laced gummies included a Cleveland EMS worker making an OK sign.
Or maybe he was flicking a booger.
Anyway, the sign, if you didn't know, is an outgrowth from 4Chan that is almost always a trolling gesture, when done intentionally, meant to capture the agitation and anger of liberals, some of whom are absolutely convinced that is is always a sly white power symbol. And while it definitely has origins in that area and has been used as coded language, when it pops up in nationally broadcast moments and in pictures, it's almost always not that. More from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the topic can be found here.
Anyway, segments of Twitter did their thing
today, pinging Cleveland EMS incessantly to point out the gesture, which made in front of a black woman might not have been the wisest of choices, and now the city of Cleveland has gone and issued a press release saying that the dude who pulled the stunt and/or was cracking his knuckles and/or was playing the circle game, as the EMS unit says he was, has temporarily reassigned per standard procedure while the Safety Director conducts a review.
Surely this is not how the gentleman in question thought this would play out. Or was it?
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