Johnson was in a black fraternity called Kappa Alpha Psi. Warning to the black community: Please don't move your hands in public. Don't have them in your pockets either, and certainly never Openly Carry Skittles or Iced Tea.
Talking Points Memo reports:
The Washington Post's Soraya Nadia McDonald in a post published early on Wednesday pointed out that the hand signs Johnson had been making in photographs some thought were gang signs were actually fraternity hand signs. Soraya wrote: To reiterate: Capt. Johnson is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a black fraternity that was formed in 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington, and the hand sign you see in the pictures below is a Kappa greeting. The Kappas are part of the Divine Nine or the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the nine historically black fraternities and sororities that include Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta, none of which are gangs. The idea that Johnson was actually displaying gang signs seem to have been rooted in a CNN iReport post that, as the Post points out, seems to have been taken down. But the idea that Johnson was a member of the Bloods or some other gang still gained momentum on Twitter.
@CNN said Ron Johnson was throwing up a gang sign, do they know that that's actually the hand sign of his fraternity. Retraction? — Kolyer (@The_Robzilla) August 20, 2014
Now there's a FB group demanding that Ron Johnson lose his job because they think he's a gang member. You can't make this stuff up. — Evan F. Moore (@evanFmoore) August 19, 2014One Conservative site states,"The turning over of Ferguson security to Ron Johnson is nothing more than capitulation to negro mob rule." That's right, negroes are acting all uppity by flashing their fraternity signs.
My 7th grade social studies teacher and "gang" member Ron Johnson throwing up their "gang" sign pic.twitter.com/diqJzgpYmE— RandaSantana (@DearRanda) August 19, 2014