We are not a gang. Lots of research shows that using symbols like hand-signs helps reinforce a sense of community. in my eyes the Greek community's use of hand signs should be embraced and used for good. As an experiment, I sent him a photo I found online of two Kappas posing together while doing the hand sign. In many Western cultures, this is a symbol meaning "great job", "yes", etc. He sent me two images of this group “throwing what they know,” accompanied by the following explanation: “They’re throwing up the SS bolts, a common white supremacist symbol. Again, we always need to be mindful of interpretation, not just intention, when posting online or to social media sites. To have this snap decision made, based on the opinion of a single non-Kappa, without consulting the membership at large is a slap in the face. That is absolutely ridiculous. I have never felt so distinctly pushed away by an organization I hold so dear. Instead, continue to share with us those images that show your chapter’s personality and tell a story.   Germany   |   English (US)   |   € (EUR), remembering account, browser, and regional preferences, remembering privacy and security settings, personalized search, content, and recommendations, helping sellers understand their audience, showing relevant, targeted ads on and off Etsy, remember your login, general, and regional preferences, personalize content, search, recommendations, and offers, to ensure that sellers understand their audience and can provide relevant ads. KKG-KKK. I will, however, still "throw what I know" because I don't believe in ending a new and chapter-spanning tradition just because of your non-Kappa relative's interpretation of the hand symbol that has come to be a beacon of Kappa, especially for girls with friends in other chapters of Kappa. We aren't allowed to have an incentive system, because that is "hazing". "Throwing what you know" is not harmful. I'm an alumna who graduated before this trend started, and I gotta say - I'm unpleasantly surprised to see Nationals wasting their time on something SO trivial. Quit with the stupid PC liberal b*******. We want to share photos of our members showcasing our founders' ideals, and demonstrating what it truly means to be a member of our organization. To have this snap decision made without consulting the membership at large and to have our voices silenced is a slap in the face. I am a sister. Those are the compelling photos we want to share with the world. I've been bothered by it for some time. This is absolutely absurd. I also polled him to see if Kappa’s sign is similar to any that an unsavory organization might use. We use cookies to make interactions with our websites and services easy and meaningful. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 14,545 Results. You can change your preferences any time in your Privacy Settings. Please. People that are offended by the Kappa hand sign need to grow a tougher skin; it's clearly different than the SS bolts hand sign. When I see pictures of this generation of Kappas I do not see girls who look like gang members and I think people on the outside can also see that. It's important to remember a couple things: 1) no dictate has been given that members can't "throw what you know" or post it on your own page, simply that, as the Fraternity's head of Public Relations, a decision has been made that this photos will not be posted on National sites and pages going forward. On the other hand, the swastika is a symbol worshipped for gods in Hinduism. Great! There are 31 kappa delta sign for sale on Etsy, and they cost €18.36 on average. Kappa Stickers. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. By Kelly Matyas Magyarics, Pittsburgh, Fraternity Public Relations Chairman. We should just change that too to avoid any sort of wrong interpretation, right? Being in Kappa has shown me so much and has helped me grown into the lady I am today. Does this mean then that we should stop using hand symbols and gestures all together? As I'm sure you know, blue is the color of the famous "crips" gang and they use it just as much as a symbol of unity as the sisters of Kappa do. First of all, correct me if I am wrong, the person who gave the negative opinion about the hang sign is a non-member of Kappa, as well as the only source fueling this decision that affects Kappas nation wide. Additionally, it can be interpreted by other people who are not involved as something completely different than what it is meant to represent. That may be compelling to make them want to stop doing it.” Compelling, indeed. I have never felt so distinctly pushed away by an organization I hold so dear. Loyally, Shannon. I think Kappa has bigger problems to worry about and solve at the moment, for example our Standards Policies and Procedures need to be updated and headquarters need to care more about their initiated members when they have concerns about their own chapter. The critical mass of the Greek community using hand signs to show positive solidarity and sister/brotherhood, than maybe we can change the negativeness that gangs bring to this act. Up until this was brought up, I have never even heard a faint whisper about this linking to white supremacy groups. Saying no will not stop you from seeing Etsy ads, but it may make them less relevant or more repetitive. You may not have seen Greek organizations in your Google search because Google filters our searches based on our location and past searches. There is NO similarity between these two hand signs that should cause such an issue and simply educating yourself on the subject should quickly dismiss any confusion. These technologies are used for things like: We do this with social media, marketing, and analytics partners (who may have their own information they’ve collected). Learn more. The Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity holds itself to a high standard, and the national organization should set an example of leadership and pride by refusing to ban the kappa hand signs. Cookies and similar technologies are used to improve your experience, to do things like: Without these technologies, things like personalized recommendations, your account preferences, or localisation may not work correctly. In my opinion a hand sign stands for whatever the group stands for- and in Kappa's case, we stand for something that is beautiful and important to us and women in general.I think it is silly to condemn hand symbols just because gangs use them as well- like there are good and bad words, there are good and bad hand signs as well. Just because some people may not like the hand sign, they can choose not to do it, but why does their opinion have to bog down the rest of us? Every purchase you make puts money in an artist’s pocket. Buy any 4 and get 25% off. Besides, if we were the only sorority that didn't have a hand sign, we would probably look pretty foolish in the vast majority. Why have we not posted on blogs about bettering Standards or making our Recruitment more values based or about chapters collaboratively working together? However, this logic is exactly the same as the logic that has prompted you to post this. You know what else is similar? Many hand signs and gestures can easily be mistaken for something else or resemble something that was not meant to by doing it incorrectly. Collections now are born from a redesign of classic tracksuits, sweatsuits, and retro sports styles that … Disappointing to say the least. Don't make it something "bad" just because it may look similar to something else. We've sent you an email to confirm your subscription. Let's focus on something tangible that really needs a stance. Take full advantage of our site features by enabling JavaScript. Is there a sensitive group who is bothered by the issue? Read our Cookie Policy. Just as with Greek hand signs, these are designed to show unity, solidarity and loyalty to an organization to which these members took a pledge or oath. Find Kappa Delta Hand Sign gifts and merchandise printed on quality products that are produced one at a time in socially responsible ways. Don't taint that. From this perspective, it appears as if the writer was clearly biased in approaching this situation, making large assumptions based on one opinion of someone who is not a part of the Kappa community. The blog sparked a lot of discussion, and we want you to know we value your input and are paying close attention to the important questions and concerns you've raised. Ridiculous. It's called freedom of speech. I'm pretty sure that the representation of Kappa Kappa Gamma is not solely white nor does is look ANYTHING like a supremacy GANG. From this perspective, it appears as if the writer was clearly biased in approaching this situation, making large assumptions based on one opinion of someone who is not a part of the Kappa community. You will be given the option of renaming the page. Just doing a one handed K (for Kappa) is MORE similar to a white supremacist group's hand sign than the symbol with the two K's is. It represents the countless hours I still spend with them now after graduation: catching up at lunch, attending weddings and baby showers, and going on vacation together. Shoot I have even taken a picture using the Kappa hand sign and I am 47! That's practically saying that wearing our colors and letters associates with being a "gang. You know what else is gang like? While our Kappa sign does resemble a gang sign, it is imperative to remember that it also resembles our letters. First of all, correct me if I am wrong, the person who gave the negative opinion about the hang sign is a non-member of Kappa, as well as the only source fueling this decision that affects Kappas nation wide. Let them enjoy themselves. I work on a college campus and when I searched while on campus, I saw more than one picture with a sorority name in it. You know what else is startling similar to a white supremacist group? This was his response: “Do they resemble gang hand signs? All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. I am extremely disheartened and confused to be reading this. If written incorrectly, our letters could be misinterpreted as KKK, and we all know that that is a white supremacist group. White or transparent. You have taken something little that not many people knew about other than those who would study gang signs and have tried to turn it into something. I echo the disbelief from my sisters above. I think there is nothing wrong with girls using them. We appreciate your concern. It is sad to me that this is no longer possible and that we are not even allowed to throw up alternative hand signs such as the fleur. Obviously we're not a white supremacy group, or the hand sign would've been disbanded years ago when this was more prevalent of an issue in society!

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