You’ve seen Black Lives Matter protesters with the raised fist- you need to understand what that symbol means


The following editorial is written by a retired police officer and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today

ACROSS THE US- You may have noticed especially after the past four months that the raised, clenched fist has become synonymous with Black Lives Matter. So, what exactly does the clenched fist mean?


According to, the clenched fist is synonymous with the swastika, that symbol being from ancient times, which takes “the form of an even-length cross, with arms bent at right angles, clockwise or indeed anti-clockwise.”

The symbol was originally a symbol of both prosperity and good fortune and was used in ancient Mesopotamia. It further appeared in early Christian and Byzantine art in Central and South America.

In the early 20th century, a German poet, von List proposed that the swastika, also known as the “crooked cross,” be used as a symbol for all anti-Semitic organizations. He believed, wrongly it turned out, that the cross was Teutonic in origin.

The site notes that one Adolf Hitler had admired the so-called “artistry” of the swastika, which led him to adopt it as they symbol of the National Socialist Party, or Nazi Party in 1919. The symbol was famously incorporated at the national flag of the Third Reich in 1935.

Currently, the symbol is of course tied to the Nazi party, and after World War II, the symbol was no longer connected to either Christian or Byzantine connections. Neo-Nazis have adopted the symbol as their icon.

So where does the typical version, the clenched fist come in? A typical incarnation of the clenched fist has it shown with a rose, which has been adopted as an international symbol of socialism around the world. The clenched fist is believed to have Soviet origins, while the red rose was taken later on from European socialists.

So what are socialists for? It’s hard to quantify. It is much easier to find out what socialists oppose. Capitalism is the most obvious target for disdain, and along with that, business owners. Socialism runs the gamut, from communism to less severe forms such as social democracy.

Communists of course believes the community, or the collective owns and controls all the means of production, distribution, and exchange for the common good, or in order to make sure that the nation’s wealth is fairly distributed.

Communists of course believes everyone is unequivocally equal; in other words, everybody is on the same level, class is gone and with it incentive to excel. The collective replaces a market economy with a planned economy.

Violence is a typical means of achieving this so-called “utopia,” and those in charge believe the end justifies the means.

So, socialism has worked well over the past century or two wherever it’s been tried, correct? That would be wrong. Not one single state or country where socialism was implemented instead of capitalism or even a simple dictatorship has been able to achieve the utopia they were looking for.

Look at what Black Lives Matter stands for and you’ll know why the organization and its followers have embraced the raised fist as their symbol. BLM is clearly anti-capitalist, and as such wants to dismantle the capitalist system.

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According to The New American, the raised fist symbol has been front and center during riots and protests both recently and in the not-so-distant past. Occupy Wall Street, Ferguson, every riot in Portland and Seattle over the past 10-20 years…it’s there.

After the Freddy Gray death in Baltimore, the protesters who put the city in flames, engaged in riots and looting prominently displayed the clenched-fist salute.

Rally posters and banners posted during that event, along with Black Lives Matter and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” Malik Zulu Shabazz, who was the former head of the New Black Panther Party and current national president of Black Lawyers for Justice was a prominent presence at the Baltimore riots, fist clenched and raised in the air.

The same scenario played out in other riots conducted on behalf of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

In Ferguson after the justified shooting of Brown, primarily black rioters and looters took to the streets with clenched fists raised, with organizers from the BLM movement, the New Black Panther Party, the Communist Party USA, and the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP). One cannot discount the communist, Marxist roots of the raised fist symbolism.

Need more proof of the communist/Marxist ties of BLM? A newspaper called Revolution; the official newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party prominently displayed black protesters with their clenched fists raised on the cover.

In a 2015 interview with, Communist Party USA chairman John Bachtell said that “great things…are happening” in the Communist Party USA.

“Black Lives Matter has played an important role.” This came as a surprise to nobody because as The New American reported back then, the three founders of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi were described as “radical lesbian Marxists who identify themselves as ‘queer Black women.’

They also idolize former Communist Party leader Angela Davis and communist terrorist/cop-killer Assata Shakur.” Law Enforcement Today has previously reported on the connection between Black Lives Matter, the George Soros-funded Thousand Currents, and radical Marxist/communists.

Back in 2011, Act 10 passed in Wisconsin and was signed by then Gov. Scott Walker. During that time, the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison was the site of numerous, frequent protests against the bill, which consisted of your typical AFL-CIO union members, Occupy Wall Street nuts, and Marxist-Leninists, The New American continued.

In addition, members of the Communist Party USA and the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) were constant faces at the protests. RCP is a Maoist party which was led by a man named Bob Avakian, who was a former leader in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) which led violent demonstrations in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

What is the symbol which is prominently displayed by these people, on banners, flyers, posters, and T-shirts? An upright clenched fist.

Some may claim that the raised fist is a symbol of power or as Wikipedia says a symbol of “solidarity generally with oppressed people.” However what cannot be ignored is the raised fist’s ties to Marxism and communism.

While many of the dupes that wear these symbols on t-shirts may not know the history of what the symbol represents, anyone who doesn’t spend their time playing video games in their mama’s basement while eating Hot Pockets knows exactly what it means. And surely the organizers of Black Lives Matter know exactly what it means too…after all, it’s in their manifesto.

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