Coast Guard member flashes white power hand signal on TV

The U.S. Coast Guard “removed” a member from its Hurricane Florence response team on Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live television that the agency deemed “offensive.”

The U.S. Coast Guard “removed” a member from its Hurricane Florence response team on Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live television that the agency deemed “offensive.”

A U.S. Coast Guard serviceman has been removed from the Tropical Storm Florence relief efforts after he was accused of flashing a white power hand sign during an MSNBC interview.

The unidentified man briefly looked into the camera and then looked away and made the gesture over his shoulder. The government agency quickly responded and distanced itself.

The man has since been removed from the Florence response operations and the incident is under investigation, said Coast Guard Lt. J.B. Zorn.

The Guard is now investigating the matter.

Some said it was inappropriate simply because of the seriousness of the hurricane.

As downed trees, infrastructure collapse and heavy flooding continue to plague the Carolinas, the Coast Guard has deployed more than 7,000 active duty members to help with rescues at the sites most affected by the storm.

The Coast Guard tweeted that it had "identified the member and removed him from the response" after a clip of him was shared on Twitter, adding, "His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard". "These types of actions are not reflective of the core values of the Coast Guard". They claim it is a white power hate symbol. While it has been adopted by some fringe far-right figures, it has also been commonly used by many Trump supporters. The Anti-Defamation League, for example, has deemed that it is not.

The OK hand sign is now a gesture that some view as offensive. "Well, no, it hasn't, but you are likely to hear just the opposite from social media, thanks to the latest hoax from members of notorious website 4chan", read a post from the anti-racism group.

U.S. Attorney John Bash, her husband, defended Bash: "The attacks today on my wife are repulsive".

There seems to be much confusion over whether the OK hand signal is truly a hate symbol.

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