Twitter reacts to racist Pointergate news story

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Whether a case of being out of touch with the youth or just some good old fashioned American racism, this one will have you scratching your head.

Veteran Twin Cites, Minnesota, reporter Jay Kolis of Channel 5 Eyewitness News had all of Twin Cities on alert when he posted the following tweets:


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Concerned citizens across Minnesota tuned in eagerly to find out why in the world would Mayor Betsy Hodges be flashing gangs.

Turns out she wasn’t.


What Mayor Hodges did do was take a picture with Navell Gordon, who was doing volunteer work for Twin Cities charity, Neighborhood Organizing For Change. As depicted in the picture below, Gordon and Mayor Hodges simply did a common open hand pose. Looks as though because Gordon is a young black male, the gesture was “mistaken” for a gang sign.

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As usual in situations like this, the topic soon became a hashtag (#Pointergate) and trending topic on Twitter with users posting pictures of everyday people, celebrities, and even politicians “flashing gang signs” with hilarious results.

Hit the flip to see some of your favorite people throw up their set.

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