Military boots man from hurricane task force over ‘white power’ hand gesture

A Coast Guard staffer working on the Hurricane Florence response effort was relieved of his duty following a hand gesture he flashed during an on-air interview.

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The unidentified employee was sitting in the background as his boss spoke to an MSNBC reporter last week. He could be seen making the “OK” symbol with his hand, a sign that has been co-opted in recent months by white supremacists.

Though the symbol initially gained traction online as a joke, it is now being treated more seriously — including by the Coast Guard.

“We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response,” the branch wrote. “His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard.”

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