BLM clenched-fist symbol has little-known communist history, critics say

But critics of the symbol note its origin and long use with communist movements – a history so fraught that, until recently, many left-wing protesters hesitated to use the iconic image.

“It is a symbol used by movements that establish oppressive systems, as every system established along Marxist lines has been,” Murray Bessette, a former professor of government at Morehead State University and now with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, told Fox News.

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“The raised fist is primarily used by organizations and movements that are heavily influenced by Marxism broadly understood,” Bessette explained.

“The common thread is [an] understanding of all social, economic and political relations as a contestation for power between a class of oppressors (i.a., rich, White, heterosexual, male) and a class of oppressed,” he said.

Demonstrators march outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Demonstrators march outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn., to protest the shooting death of Daunte Wright. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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