“We just didn’t even want to be associated with portraying anything that somebody might think, you know, that it means white power.”
The mascot used to make an ‘OK’ symbol with his hand, but the left has spread a ridiculous lie about that gesture for years now, claiming it’s a symbol of white supremacy, so the school changed it.
The College Fix reports:
U. Nebraska revises mascot to avoid perception of ‘white supremacy’
The University of Nebraska has changed its longtime mascot “Herbie Husker” because of what he was doing with his hand — making an “OK” gesture that has become associated with white supremacy.
As noted by the Associated Press, “some hate groups have come to use the gesture as a sign for white power — three straight fingers make a W and the circle formed next to an extended finger makes a P.”
But the original version of Herbie (below, left), which won National Mascot of the Year in 2005, clearly doesn’t have the three extended fingers which allegedly depict that “W.”
Nevertheless, the university altered Herbie’s hand to indicate a “We’re No. 1” signal (below, right) after NU’s apparel provider “and others” brought their misgivings to the attention of the NU athletic department.
According to the Flatwater Free Press (which broke the story), these concerns first surfaced in July 2020, “just weeks after George Floyd was murdered.” UNL Licensing and Branding Director Lonna Henrichs said the original Herbie “could, in some circles, represent something that does not represent what Nebraska athletics is about.
“We just didn’t even want to be associated with portraying anything that somebody might think, you know, that it means white power. We made that change as quick as we could,” Henrichs said.
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