The deaf community is against a possible shorthand gesture of American sign language for President-elect Joe Biden – because, according to a report, it looks like a Crips Gang sign.
The C-shaped sign, one of several to replace B-I-D-E-N, is meant to be reminiscent of his signature Ray-Ban aviator glasses, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“We BIPOC do not agree with that at all [sign]ASL influencer and TikTok user Nakia Smith signed on Monday on a video referring to the acronym for black, indigenous and colored.
“[The sign] feels so insecure to us, ”she added.
“The character name for Biden doesn’t look good on him,” replied Smith to comments posted on Instagram. “He said he got our back [as Black Americans] so we are not [trying to] make him look stupid. “
LA-based Deaf activist Michael Agyin, founder of the Compton ASL Club, said, “The Deaf community comes together to make a new statement as our society changes. Just as a sign of the coronavirus emerged, so did the new president. “
Signs for U.S. presidents generally take into account initials, appearance, and reputation, according to the newspaper.
President Trump’s sign language name is a representation of his pompadour bonnet.
In the case of former President Barack Obama, the characters “O” and “B” merge in the form of a flag, while Abraham Lincoln’s “L” emerges from his forehead like his top hat.