Dear Editor:


A fist raised overhead can be a symbol of pure joy or domination. After seeing the February 2019 bridal issue in the Decorah Newspapers, several community members expressed their concern to me as chair of the Decorah Human Rights Commission about the image on the front cover. 

The raised fist has stood for solidarity of many and victory for a few; resistance to oppression and dominance over the oppressed. In short, it has political meaning.

When that fist is raised by a groom over a bride on the cover of a newspaper, to many people it conveys male dominance. As business owners who advertise in the newspaper and community members affected by the messages of the newspaper, we ask our editors to  consider carefully the messages they convey with their words and images.


Melissa Koch, Matthew Nahan

Decorah