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Woman Tweets About "Racist" Sign At Baseball Game - Doesn't Realize She's Totally Off Base

A woman took to Twitter to express her concern over a sign she saw being hung at an Atlanta Braves baseball game and was met with criticism by fellow Twitter users. Known as ‘Sania90’, Ms. Sania Kay posted a photo of someone hanging up three huge signs displaying the letter K on them, forming the completed acronym, KKK. While Ms. Kay thought that the sign was a reference to the notorious white supremacist group, Ku Klux Klan, what she didn’t realize was that the hanging of the letter K is a longstanding baseball tradition and the sign she noticed was the ‘K-corner’.

Ms. Kay was met with a slew of criticism when she posted a photo of a sign displaying the letters ‘KKK’ from a baseball match, accompanied with the caption, “Really disappointed with this sign at the new @BravesStadium. Definitely not ok.” What Ms. Kay did not realize was that the sign was not a reference to the Klu Klux Klan, but has been the symbol used to signify a strikeout since 1858. Despite many individuals explaining the true meaning behind the letters, Ms. Kay was adamant that the sign was “offensive”, and should be changed.

Ms. Kay’s post has caused a big stir amongst baseball fans, with many Twitter users ridiculing her for her lack of knowledge of the baseball tradition. Despite the criticism, the Atlanta-native did not back down, stating that the “Major League Baseball (MLB) Association should figure out a different way to record it [because] that’s offensive.” Ms. Kay went on to argue that “just because it happens everywhere, doesn’t make it right,” holding her own against the critics informing them that “You can say and feel how you want. But I’m entitled to my opinion too. And I don’t want to look up and see that. Period.”

Despite being lambasted and crushed by fellow Twitter users, Ms. Kay has stood by her original statement which garnered over 1,4000 comments, leaving the tweets online for everyone to read. Ms. Kay released a follow-up tweet regarding the matter, stating:

“I never meant for my comments to offend anyone. I was bored and noticed something that I felt like should be changed to be more sensitive.”

The ‘K-corner’, was originally crafted by Mr. Henry Chadwick, who used the letter ‘K’ because it was the last letter in struck. While an ‘S’ may seem more appropriate, that letter was already in use to symbolize ‘sacrifice’. The association between the letter ‘K’ and strikeouts is not exactly explicit, probably making more sense in the 1800’s when it was crafted. The ‘K’ went mainstream in the baseball world after a New York Mets fan began to post ‘K’ signs on a whim when rookie pitcher, Dwight Gooden, dominated for the Mets in 1984.

While the MLB officially now officially use ‘SO’ to symbolize ‘strikeout’, the ‘K’ is still widely used across the baseball community and will inevitably continue to cause a stir amongst novice baseball fans.

Source: Independent Journal Review, KIRO 7
Photo: AJC Screenshot

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