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The University of Nebraska has changed the “OK” hand signal on its “Herbie Husker” mascot to avoid using the gesture white supremacists have adopted.

Lonna Henrichs, director of licensing and branding for the university’s athletics department, told the newspaper that the university “made that change as quickly as we could.”

That “hand gesture could, in some circles, represent something that doesn’t represent what Nebraska athletics is all about,” Henrichs added. “We just didn’t even want to be associated with portraying anything that someone might think, you know, means white power.”

The athletic department first learned of the “OK” gesture’s link to white supremacy when a clothing supplier tipped off officials in 2020 following the Black Lives Matter protests, university officials told The Associated Press in a statement. .

“The logo change process began in 2020 and we updated our brand guidelines in July 2021,” the statement added. The revised logo with the mascot gesturing “number 1” is now the “only Herbie Husker brand available to licensees,” the statement added.

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