A photo of two conservative journalists posing and doing white supremacist hand sign is becoming a controversy issue on social media.
Having their press passes, Mike Cernovich, a freelance journalist and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Sputnik, Russian news media, were visiting the White House. Both journalists posed then for a photo in the briefing room of the House.
Emma Roller, a senior reporter in Fusion, commented on the matter and tweeted: “Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House.”
Some have debated that photo is racist and that it is supporting the white groups. Fairbanks supporters defend the picture whereas the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) considered the picture as a “racist hand sign”.
However, Fairbanks explained herself claiming that the gesture she made was not racist and didn’t refer to the “white power.” Fairbanks also pointed out the fact that she is Puerto Rican.
“White power!!!!!!! Except I’m Puerto Rican. Can it be PR power?!” Fairbanks tweeted.
Fairbanks supporters deny any racism by saying that the hand gesture is also known to mean “ok” or “alright”. Many photos that included people from different races using this hand sign.
On the other hand, the symbol is becoming more controversial as the alt-right, an extreme right group in the US, grow bigger. The alt-right strongly oppose conservatism and liberalism.
It is worthy to note that the President of the USA, Donald Trump, use the sign in most of his pictures. Many other prominent people pose and make the sign when taking pictures such as Lucian Wintrich, alt-right journalist and a writer for The Gateway Pundit who made the sign when posing for a picture at the White House last February. There is also Milo Yiannopoulos, an alt-right journalist who usually makes the gesture.