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Any symbol of course, has meaning only in the mind of the beholder. Take the Swastika for instance, as in Sanskrit it literally means the sign of well being. Your interpretation and mine will doubtless vary.
Nothing is permanent, grasshopper. As a seasonal creature, you should know that. Are you old enough to remember Kendall Oil? Of course you do because they still make it and have since 1881. Their logo has been that OK hand thing since then although it seems to get smaller all the time. Maybe they’ll have to kill it now in these days of righteous rage. Does it mean the oil is OK, or is it really indicating the number two because Kendall was originally “the two thousand mile oil?”
You’re certainly old enough to remember Halloween lawns decorated with hanged effigies. I only found out as an adult that this was “a symbol” too. Perhaps that will be the end of the practice, although you still see it. Not everyone knows it’s a symbol of lynching. Not every suburban lawn lies in front of a racist home. One man’s traditional “spooky’ is the other man’s racism, bless our wokey hearts.
Anyway the Chicago Cubs find that bit of hand jive “egregious and unacceptable” and some sorry ass dude has now been banned from Wrigley Field for life for using the symbol on camera. A good call for a foul ball as far as I’m concerned, but call the pitcher a Mother F*gger? That’s different and it’s OK (see what I did there?)
Now of course it’s likely the man wasn’t promoting oil products. I’m not saying he’s not arsehole enough to think white supremacy is cool or funny, but can’t we please recognize that like spoken and written language, the language of hands and flags and knots and gestures change? What was the “Victory Sign” to Churchill is now called the Peace Sign and sometimes an oil can has nothing more than oil in it. Just as with flags and patriotism, the symbol is in the mind of the viewer and that may be a lot different from one mind to another and subject to change without notice. So when I give you the finger for being certain about a symbol, be assured I’m only saluting your observation, OK?