By Asher Kohn. B ernie Sanders took the stage in Des Moines last night and threw his right fist in the air. His The Uprising shows a gray-haired man — looking a little like a younger Bernie — leading a furious crowd, sleeves rolled up and a fist up high. Daumier imagined the man as a symbol of the Revolutions of , a series of anti-royal protests that roiled Europe. By the s, the raised fist was world famous. An American civil rights activist named Frank Cieciorka made a woodblock print of a fist that appeared in posters, T-shirts, and buttons.
How the Black Power Protest at the 1968 Olympics Killed Careers
This day would be remembered forever by viewers, reporters, and Olympic officials not because Smith set a world record with a time of This event is remembered because, upon receiving their medals, Smith and Carlos each donned a black glove and, in an attempt to show solidarity and resistance in the face of a number of human rights violations, raised their gloved fists while the national anthem played. This site of memory, this gesture—the raising of a closed fist as a sign of black power —did not develop organically within the context of the Olympics. While the gesture became associated almost exclusively with the black power movement and resistance from unfair policies and unwarranted biases that the black community experienced, the fist has a long, somewhat unclear history.
Y ou're probably not familiar with the name John Carlos. But you almost certainly know his image. As the Star-Spangled Banner begins to play, Smith and Carlos, two black Americans wearing black gloves, raise their fists in the black power salute. It is a symbol of resistance and defiance, seared into 20th-century history, that Carlos feels he was put on Earth to perform.