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is for Resistance
A ‘Badge’ to Unite All Resistance Movements
We are all under attack- R is for Resistance. Wear it as a badge of honor
Shortly after the presidential election, (November 13) ‘Trump Nation/Whites Only’ was written on the wall outside a majority-immigrant church in Maryland. When things like this happen, there’s two ways to go: quietly wash the wall or stand firm against hatred and promote tolerance.
All citizens of good conscious must join the resistance to Donald J. Trump’s authoritarian administration. To visualize and unite the various resistance groups and present the movement a unifying symbol, we propose that resisters wear a triangle ‘R’ badge on their sleeves when protesting – whether immigrants, refugees, or people of every ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation, to demonstrate their patriotism in the struggle to preserve American democracy.
The design and colors of the ‘R’ triangle-shaped badge are derived from Nazi camp emblems prisoners were forced to wear. By co-opting that horrific emblem, we make a powerful protest against the threat of authoritarian rule and visualize the unity of all resisting groups. We urge all citizens to join the resistance and wear the ‘R’, whenever and wherever they protest the Trump regime policies.
Why the ‘R’ Triangle:
Nazi concentration camp badges, primarily triangles, were part of the system to identify types of prisoners. The triangles were made of fabric and sewn on jackets and trousers of the prisoners. These mandatory badges of shame had specific meanings indicated by their color and shape. Such emblems helped guards assign tasks to detainees: for example, a guard at a glance could see if someone was a convicted criminal (green patch) and likely of a “tough” temperament suitable for kapo duty. Some historical monuments quote the badge-imagery; the use of a triangle being a sort of visual shorthand to symbolize all camp victims. The modern day use of a pink triangle emblem to symbolize gay rights is a response to the camp identification patches.
Shape was chosen by analogy with the common triangular road hazard signs in Germany that denote warnings to motorists. Here, a triangle is called inverted because its base is up while one of its angles points down.
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Design by Tucker Viemeister. Concept by Len Stein.