Rubeus Remus Potter. You were named after the only two people at Hogwarts who seemed to give shit about me, because come on who else would I name you after? A verbally abusive dickbag who was in love with my mum and gave me shit all my life and someone who convinced a bunch of children that they needed to be soldiers? What kind of awful aspirations would that make you end up having? Come on son I’m not an idiot…
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I’ve definitely seen white feminists be called out for the appropriation of the symbol before, and frankly I think a white woman getting it tattooed onto her body would be inappropriate. (If you have to ask, it’s probably appropriation.) I realize that the raised fist has many connotations, but I think its deepest associations are with the Black Power symbol, as you mentioned, which is clearly problematic. Not only does it raise issues of appropriation, it also creates a situation in which white women can more acceptably tote (sometimes permanently, on their skin) the symbol around for their own uses, while black people would likely meet much more resistance (and even violence).
If anyone else with more definitive, relevant information wants to weigh in on this, feel free.
Because someone sent me an ask about this recently.
For anyone interested, the raised fist symbol actually has a much older history than the black civil rights movement in the States. The oldest reference to the gesture belong to the Assyrian Goddess Ishtar (her Sumerian alias was Inanna). One of the most well known myths surrounding Ishtar is her descent into the underworld during which she refused to be barred entry. “If thou openest not the gate to let me enter, I will break the door, I will wrench the lock, I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors.”
Since then, the raised fist has come to mean solidarity, unity and resistance in the face of opposition for a plethora of social and political justice movements. In the early twentieth century, the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) organization utilized the symbol in their fight for union rights and reformed labour laws. During the Spanish Civil War it was considered an anti fascist salute. Among black civil rights activists particularly in the United States in the mid 20th century, it became known as the Black Power Salute. Around this same time, the second wave and radical feminist movements also displayed the fist at women’s rights rallies across North America.
The use of the fist and the legend from whence it came represents underlying (and in some cases shared) principles among resistance movements.
It’s also a Socialist symbol.
Just as I was about to go out the door. I wouldn’t mind but she’s worse than me at keeping plans, it’s not the first time she’s cancelled on me and it won’t be the last.