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Raised Fist Veil Of Ignorance 2009 [FULL ALBUM]
Raised Fist Veil Of Ignorance 2009 [FULL ALBUM]
::2012/08/30::
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Raised Fist - Friends And Traitors (Official Video)
Raised Fist - Friends And Traitors (Official Video)
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RAISED FIST - Dedication [ FULL ALBUM ]
RAISED FIST - Dedication [ FULL ALBUM ]
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Raised Fist - Watch Your Step [ FULL ALBUM ]
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Raised Fist Fuel 1998 [FULL ALBUM]
Raised Fist Fuel 1998 [FULL ALBUM]
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Raised Fist - Wounds (OFFICIAL VIDEO) HQ
Raised Fist - Wounds (OFFICIAL VIDEO) HQ
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Raised Fist - Breaking Me Up
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::2006/01/15::
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Raised fist-Sound of the republic (OFFICIAL+LYRICS,WMG)
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Raised Fist - Perfectly Broken
Raised Fist - Perfectly Broken
::2008/01/03::
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RAISED FIST - CITY OF COLD (OFFICIAL HD VERSION)
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Raised Fist - My Last Day
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::2009/09/09::
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Raised Fist - And Then They Run
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::2008/03/21::
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Raised Fist - Wounds
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::2009/09/07::
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Raised Fist - Get This Right
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::2008/09/30::
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Raised Fist - Killing It - live @ Gröna Lund
Raised Fist - Killing It - live @ Gröna Lund
::2012/05/24::
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Raised Fist - Slipping Into Coma (video)
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::2010/12/14::
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Raised Fist - Disable Me
Raised Fist - Disable Me
::2014/04/06::
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Raised Fist - Words and Phrases
Raised Fist - Words and Phrases
::2009/09/15::
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Raised Fist - Friends And Traitors @ Xtreme Fest 2014
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Raised Fist - I Have To Pretend
Raised Fist - I Have To Pretend
::2009/09/19::
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Raised Fist - Volcano Is Me
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Raised Fist - Friend And Traitors - Live @ Punk Rock Holiday 1.4
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Raised Fist - perfectly broken
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Raised Fist - Break Free
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Raised Fist - Hertz Island Escapades
Raised Fist - Hertz Island Escapades
::2008/03/09::
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Raised Fist @ Resurrection Fest 2014 - (2) - 1/08/14
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Raised Fist Stronger Than Ever
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Raised Fist - Intro + Perfectly Broken - Live @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
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Raised Fist - Silence is the Key
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Raised Fist  - Working on Wood
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Raised Fist - Friends and Traitors - Metallsvenskan 2012
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Raised Fist @ Resurrection Fest 2014 - (1) - 1/08/14
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Raised Fist - Running Man
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Raised Fist Dedication
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Raised fist - Sunlight
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Raised Fist - Wounds (lyrics on screen)
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Raised Fist - Breaking me up (Live @ Punk Rock Holiday 2k14)
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Raised Fist - Maintain (Exclusive track!)
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Raised Fist - Never Negotiate
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stronger than ever
stronger than ever
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Raised Fist - Some Of These Times
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Raised Fist - The People Behind
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Raised Fist - Envy is Dangerous
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Raised Fist - Wounds (Live @ Soundwave Festival in Adelaide, Aus. 03.03.12)
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Raised Fist - Disable Me
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Raised Fist - Sound Of The Republic
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Raised Fist - Illustration of desperation [LYRICS]
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Raised Fist - Monumental *Lyrics in Description*
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Raised Fist - Breaking me up
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Raised Fist - Friends & Traitors live @ Tyrol Sthlm 2009
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This article is about the salute and symbol. For the Swedish band, see Raised Fist.
"Black fist" redirects here. For the film, see Black Fist (film).
Painted symbol of the Power Fist

The raised fist (also known as the clenched fist) is a symbol of solidarity and support.[1] It is also used as a salute to express unity, strength, defiance, or resistance. The salute dates back to ancient Assyria as a symbol of resistance in the face of violence.[2]

History[edit]

Industrial Exhibition in Berlin, Germany 1896

Assyrian depictions of the goddess Ishtar show her raising a clenched fist.[2] A raised fist was used as a logo by the Industrial Workers of the World[3] in 1917. The graphic symbol was popularized in 1948 by Taller de Gráfica Popular, a print shop in Mexico that used art to advance revolutionary social causes.[4] The symbol has been picked up and incorporated around the world by various groups who perceive they are oppressed.

The image gallery shows how a raised fist is used in visual communication. Combined with another graphic element, a raised fist is used to convey polysemous gestures and opposing forces.[5] Depending on the elements combined, the meaning of the gesture changes in tone and intention. For example, a hammer and sickle combined with a raised fist is part of communist symbolism, while the same fist combined with a Venus symbol represents Feminism, and combined with a book, it represents librarians.

A raised-fist icon appears prominently as a feminist symbol on the covers of two major books by Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful, published in 1970,[6] and Sisterhood Is Forever, in 2003.[7]

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Stencilled symbol of the autonomist movement Autonome

The raised fist logo may represent unity or solidarity, generally with oppressed peoples. The black fist, also known as the Black Power fist is a logo generally associated with black nationalism and sometimes socialism. Its most widely known usage is by the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. A black fist logo was also adopted by the northern soul music subculture. The white fist, also known as the Aryan fist or the White Power fist is a logo generally associated with white nationalism.

A white fist holding a red rose is used by the Socialist International and some socialist or social democratic parties. Loyalists in Northern Ireland occasionally use a clenched fist on murals depicting the Red Hand of Ulster. However, this is considered rare; the red hand is usually depicted with a flat palm.

Salute[edit]

The raised fist salute consists of raising one arm in the air with a clenched fist. The meaning can vary based on context.

Different movements sometimes use different terms to describe the raised fist salute: amongst communists and socialists, it is sometimes called the red salute, whereas amongst black rights activists, especially in the United States of America it has been called the Black Power salute. During the Spanish Civil War, it was sometimes known as the anti-fascist salute. The traditional version of the salute, originally a symbol of the broader workers' movement, became associated with the parties of the Comintern during the 1920s and 1930s. Since the Trotskyists were forced out of the Comintern, some Trotskyists have made a point of strictly raising the left fist in the tradition of the Left Opposition. Some anarchists also prefer the left fist to denote their libertarian socialist opposition to Marxism.

The clenched fist gesture is sometimes mistakenly thought to have originated in the Spanish Civil War, where the Popular Front salute was at one time the standard salute of Republican forces. A letter from the Spanish Civil War stated: "...the raised fist which greets you in Salud is not just a gesture—it means life and liberty being fought for and a greeting of solidarity with the democratic peoples of the world."[8]

The Rotfrontkämpferbund paramilitary organization of Communist Party of Germany used the salute before World War II.[9]

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, medal winners John Carlos and Tommie Smith gave the raised fist salute during the American national anthem as a sign of black power, and as a protest on behalf of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. For this, they were banned from further Olympic activities. The event was one of the most overtly political statements[10] in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Tommie Smith stated in his autobiography, "Silent Gesture", that the salute was not a Black Power salute, but in fact a human rights salute.

A raised White fist is also a popular White Power symbol.[11]

Groups that have used the symbol[edit]

Hugo Chávez in Brazil in 2003.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Every Movement Needs a Symbol: Enter The Wisconsin Fist of Solidarity
  2. ^ a b The Samuel Gray Society
  3. ^ Joyce L. Kornbluh, Solidarity, 1917; Rebel Voices: An IWW Anthology, Charles H. Kerr Publishing, 1998
  4. ^ Mexican posters on social and educational themes
  5. ^ Elements of Meaning in Gesture By Geneviève Calbris
  6. ^ Author's website, as accessed September 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Author's website, as accessed September 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Rolfe, Mary. Letter to Leo Hurwitz and Janey Dudley, 25 November 1938. Reprinted in Cary Nelson and Jefferson Hendricks, eds. "Madrid 1937: Letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War," Routledge: 1996. Reprinted online [1]
  9. ^ Korff, Gottfried: "Symbolgeschichte als Sozialgeschichte? Zehn vorläufige Notizen zu den Bild- und Zeichensystemen sozialer Bewegungen in Deutschland", in: Warneken, Bernd Jürgen (Hg.): "Massenmedium Strasse. Zur Kulturgeschichte der Demonstrationen." Frakfurt/Main 1991. S. 27-28. Cited in: Schulte-Rummel, Sven "Die politische Symbolik der Kommunistischen Partei Deutschlands in der Weimarer Republlik" [2]. "Im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen Symbolen der Kommunisten beginnt die Geschichte der geballten Faust in der Ära der Weimarer Republik. Sie war prägendes Symbol bei Straßenaufmärschen, Spiegel der gewaltbereiten Demonstranten, die voller Frust über das System dem Staat die geballte Faust zeigten." Translation: "Unlikely the most of other Communists symbols, the history of Raised fist started in the era of Weimar Republic. It was a definitive symbol of street marches, reflection of the marchers who were ready for violence, who were disappointed by the whole system of the state and showed their clenched fists to it."
  10. ^ Lewis, Richard (2006-10-08). "Caught in Time: Black Power salute, Mexico, 1968". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  11. ^ Goodman, J. David (April 16, 2012). "Raised-Fist Salute Has Varied Meanings". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 

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