WATCH: Black Woman Stands in Front of 300 Marching Neo-Nazis With Her Fist Raised
This weekend, 300 neo-Nazis from the far-right group known as the Nordic Resistance Movement marched in the town of Borlange. 42-year-old activist Tess Asplund wasn’t feeling it. She tried to stand in front of the marchers in an act of defiance and the images of the black woman with her fist in the air have now spread around the world.
— Thomas Sankara (@tsankaram) May 4, 2016
— Antonio Sicilia (@siciliantonio) May 5, 2016
I’m obsessed with this picture and this woman right now. pic.twitter.com/Wrx912AEag
— Robert Pearce (@RobertP_Actor) May 5, 2016
She even got praise from one very lofty source:
Look what this woman did.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 4, 2016
She was pushed out of the way by the advancing group, as was another counter-protester, but her message is still being heard.
According to the AP, she said, “I have fought against racism for 26 years. I am 42 now. And if this is a thing that makes people pay attention to the fight against racism and xenophobia, then that’s very good. But I don’t want people to see me as a symbol. There were a lot of others who were there against the racists in Borlange.”
[image via Twitter]
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