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University of Nebraska Alters Its Mascot to Avoid Appearing ‘White Supremacist’

University of Nebraska Alters Its Mascot to Avoid Appearing ‘White Supremacist’

“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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“Nevertheless, the university altered Herbie’s hand to indicate a “We’re No. 1” signal”

If they wanted to make it minority-friendly, they used the wrong finger.

I would have thought a Nebraska mascot making an OK symbol would be a problem because it could be interpreted that he’s a secret fan of Oklahoma.

Interested Party | February 1, 2022 at 3:11 pm

Honest question:

How many people have murdered and/or subjugated a whole bunch of people and then walked around using the “OK” symbol?

How many people have murdered and/or subjugated a whole bunch of people and then walked around pointing to the sky?

A finger in the air like that does signify “we’re number one” but it also signifies “all glory to Allah who is the one God and all are subject to him” which is used by terrorists all over the world.

While the whole thing’s ridiculous, if other meanings are taken into account, surely one finger in the air is infinitely more offensive than a barely used joke sign?