‘White Power’ Hand Symbol Actually Common Kids’ Game, US Military Academy Concludes

After outrage-olympians were triggered into a froth by obvious horseplay at last weekend’s Army-Navy football game, West Point military academy announced on Friday that following a full investigation, cadets seen flashing the ‘white power’ symbol were actually playing the extremely common ‘circle game.’

The press release from the academy reads in part:

“The U.S. Military Academy announced today it has concluded an internal investigation of the cadets who displayed hand gestures during a broadcast of ESPN College GameDay at the Army-Navy game Dec. 14.

The investigating officer concluded that the cadets were playing a common game, popular among teenagers today, known as the “circle game” and the intent was not associated with ideologies or movements that are contrary to the Army values.”

“We investigated this matter thoroughly,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams,” adding “Last Saturday we had reason to believe these actions were an innocent game and not linked to extremism, but we must take allegations such as these very seriously.”

That said, the academy is still “disappointed by the immature behavior of the cadets.


Following the incident, the social justice wing of the interwebs feasted on the carcass of a fresh outrage – salivating over the prospect of nailing a bunch of white kids flashing their openly racist feelings on national television.

As we have explained numerous times: the concept of the ‘OK’ symbol as a white power gesture was fabricated by 4chan users to troll the left, and has nothing to do with white supremacy. “We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy,” reads a Feb. 2017 posting on the popular imageboard.

Many tweets remain un-deleted, as we’re guessing they’re sure West Point is simply covering up … what most people immediately recognized as a childhood game.

via zerohedge


  1. I have used the symbol a number of times in the past to indicate a-ok or all good , etc. Never any other intent or meaning. People on the precipice seem to be easily “triggered.” I say “get a grip!”

  2. This has been a boys punching game all the way back to 60s and 70s. My brothers and i used it. If someone looks at the symbol the one flashingbit gets to punch the viewer in the shoulder, but if the viewer can back the circle formed by thumb. and finger than the viewer punches the flasher.
    My 20 yr old son and his friends also played this game through middle and high school and two of the players were of color.
    Never heard this as white power, and my just be the over zealouls PC police creating something to complain about.

  3. All you have to do to start placing people under your power is to ascribe a different meaning to something then denigrate them for using the term. Then expand the concepts until the target or group now rely on your reality.
    But the essence of free speech is that it is my right to say what I want and your responsibility to deal with it.
    The left has attempted to hijack free speech so they can control the conversation.
    Just look at the snowflake issue, the gender identity issue, now the ok symbol with the hand, even our current impeachment crisis, and who knows what other items that have been attempted or used to dumb us down and control the conversation.
    We accuse many fronts on these issues. I see them as coming from the master of lies. I believe the biblical last days are upon us. Non religous types may scoff at my statement but the bible tells us that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, boasters, proud, believing good is bad and bad is good, blasphemers, knowledge shall increase.

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