As our nation finds itself in turmoil, first due to the novel Coronavirus and now, thanks to civil unrest and racism, the calls for continued “cancel culture” are getting worse and worse. Elmer Fudd’s rifle, ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘Cops,’ and even cracking your knuckles is pretty much banned.
Yep, you read that right. Cracking your knuckles.
It’ an ever-present and often very annoying habit that many people have. And yet it’s never called into question someone’s morals before. But for truck driver Emmanuel Cafferty, it did just that, even costing him his job.
Cafferty drives a truck for San Diego Gas and Electric. Earlier this month, he was driving through Poway, California, where a Black Lives Matter protest was going on. And as is typical, Cafferty had one arm hanging out the window of his truck, popping his knuckles.
Only the person driving behind him didn’t see it as doing something harmless. Instead, they took a picture, posted in on social media, and claimed that Cafferty was displaying a “white power” symbol.
According to the following driver, it appeared that Cafferty was making the commonly recognized gesture for “OK.” You know, the one with your thumb and forefinger touching to make a circle, while your other fingers are held up. However, the picture that was posted and the one used by local news outlet KNSD-TV looks more like a “rock on” or Italian devil horns than an “OK.”
Now, none of those symbols on their own should be enough to accused of racism. But unfortunately, in recent years, the gesture Cafferty supposedly made can be attributed to “white power.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, this idea was a simple hoax, but as the rumor spread, actual white supremacist groups began to use, making it legitimate. However, as the group’s website suggests, the gesture is most often “entirely innocuous and harmless.” As such, people should use considerable caution in assuming what it is being used for.
Obviously, the following driver who snapped the photo wasn’t very cautious. Because days after it was posted, word got back to Cafferty’s superiors, who immediately put him on suspension so they could investigate the matter.
Cafferty told the press, “When the supervisor said that I was being accused of doing a white supremacist gesture, that was baffling.”
And it indeed, it would be. As it turns out, Cafferty isn’t even white. He is of Mexican descent and says that his family is multi-racial. And as such, he says he didn’t even know about the symbol, let alone try to make it.
Tell me, why in the world would a man like Cafferty make such a gesture? It makes absolutely no sense.
But apparently, someone at his place of employment thought it was legitimate, or just didn’t want to deal with the suspicions. Just a few days after being put on suspension, and what must have been the shortest “investigation” ever, Cafferty was fired.
For popping his knuckles…
The driver who posted Cafferty’s picture and claimed the racism behind his “gesture” has since deleted the post, as well as his entire Twitter account. He says he didn’t mean for anyone to get fired over it and insists that the whole thing was “spun up” out of control.
And indeed, it was. But that doesn’t make his part in it any less excusable. In fact, knowing the hasty cancel culture of the left, he should have more than known better.
In fact, this same exact symbol and accusation of racism were used in December against two West Point cadets and a Naval Academy midshipman. The three had attended the Army-Navy football game and were caught on camera, making the same gesture. Given the symbol and the racist claims associated with it, the three were in hot water, to say the least.
However, after a thorough investigation was concluded, it was surmised that the young men had merely been playing the “sophomoric game” of “gotcha” or “circle” in which one person makes the symbol, usually below the waist. If another person looks at it, they get punched.
Luckily, these men were found to be nothing more than a bit immature. Cafferty, on the other hand, just lost his livelihood. As he told the press, “I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get over this, but to lose your dream job for playing with your fingers, that’s a hard pill to swallow.”