“This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.” – Angela Davis, author, activist and speaker at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington
Throughout the world, millions of women marched to deliver a message of equality, fairness and overall concern for what might be to come under a Trump administration. Let’s face it, when a man who sexualizes women for sport, becomes leader of the United States, women will rightfully get angry. But, not all women were ready to take their frustrations to the streets. Black women especially were on the fence during the days leading up to the marching, suggesting that white women were not there when their strength in numbers were needed — during the Black Lives Matter protests, for example.
And I get it, girls. Because (looks to the white women who mean well) the Caucasian persuasion — with those annoyingly pink pussy hats — wasn’t as woke as they should have been. Over half of them voted for Trump, and while I hate to think that one of the marchers voted for him, I know that they know someone who did, and that makes them guilty by association.
And they could have been woke for those killed wrongfully by the police — without losing their jobs, their families or places in suburbia that are meaningful to them. It’s as if they didn’t care because…why should they? Even when another woman was wrongfully killed by the police, they should have at least been there for that! However, most weren’t there for Sandra Bland; please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong. So I understand why some of us chose to sit out Saturday.
(In full disclosure, I had to work last Saturday, during the Charlotte march because I had already asked for the coming Saturday off for my birthday. My scheduling of things…it sucks.)
After much thought on this, I wonder what if we did give them a try. If they say the elections have shaken some sense in them, I say let’s take them to task to see if their word will be their bond, as Michelle Obama once said (and Melania Trump blatantly copied!).
Here’s why marching was meant for us, too:
Mothers of the slain need our support. Civil rights, like women’s rights, are human rights. In D.C. mothers of Mohamed Bah, Eric Bell and others killed by the police stood on stage to protest against injustice. How is this not a black woman’s issue?
Who else can represent us better than us? It is up to us to show the country — the world for that matter — what our demands are. You want intersectionality? How could this ever happen if you’re staying home? Just like you may have shared with a significant other a time or two, nobody’s a mind reader. If you want something, speak up.
We are women, too. We are five times more likely than White women to have abortions. No matter what side of the abortion argument you’re on, the fact that more of us are likely to abort than Whites is mind blogging. Clearly, there are still birth control, self-esteem, and financial issues that we all need to be concerned about.
So, when it comes to sitting out women’s rights events, don’t cut your nose to spite your face (Another body part would fit here, but I will refrain from mentioning it.).