'Listen to a Black Woman'


That is why I marched on Saturday along with millions of other men and women.

Of course, the same media reporters and pundits that commented breathlessly in favor of the anti-Trump "Women's March" demonstrations in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on January 21 - and gave them build-up hype for weeks prior to the events - failed to mention the tens of thousands of pro-life demonstrators who showed up for the annual Walk For Life West Coast in San Francisco on the same day.

Millions of people gathered for the "Women's March" that took place in the USA capital Washington, DC on January 21 - a day after Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the US. What a lot of mainstream feminism stands for is unsafe because you have these very privileged and entitled white women speaking on be half of all women and it shouldn't be.

"Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as president". After which, she tweeted "F-ck Trump".

Many women at the march channeled Clinton's campaign against now-President Donald Trump. They came from colleges and universities from San Francisco to Boston and many places in between.

White feminism is worthless.

To some, the Women's March benefitted from being a protest largely made up of white demonstrators. Protesters say the next steps will be more marches, potential lawsuits and telephone polls. "I'm not interested in faux solidarity or intersectionality being merely an afterthought". I know that right now, I need to listen to my sisters who are rising up (not just my cis-ters, as one slogan demands) and learn from them.

Sidney Kochman  The Polytechnic
Sidney Kochman The Polytechnic

SisterSong specifically focuses its work on the reproductive justice needs of women of color, and notably includes advocacy for Native American women. Numerous protesters at the weekend's march, to paraphrase British Prime Minister Theresa May's recent distinction, believe in equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity. Several marched with women's organizations, and it's more important now than ever to be aware of and to promote organizations that support women of color, because true feminism is inclusive. "But if we commit to what aligns us, if we stand together, steadfast and determined, then we stand a chance at saving the soul of our country", she said.

Columnist Jamilah Lemieux addressed these concerns in an op-ed piece for ColorLines on Tuesday, Jan. 17. We talked about how to get arrested and how to escape kettling and how to take care of each other in case of violence - from police or the "alt-right" (AKA millennial Nazis), both of whom have been emboldened by the new regime. There was a sense for me of being at the march and in community with folks that were wanting to resist this horrifying reality, but also not wanting folks to get complacent.

I want to strike a balance between critiquing the very real issues with the Women's March and its messages and recognizing how important and empowering the March felt for so many people - including those who, for so many reasons, could not march.

The election of Trump brings even more danger to an already unsafe world for women who are not white. Like America, the crowd in Washington was mostly white, but not completely. "One can not stand against Trump's misogyny while condoning or ignoring others" misogyny as "cultural" or "religious". Hence, one of the most heard chants of the day reinforced that idea. Can't be too hard, that you've been missing from every single protest that has happened in our great nation since the dawn of The Movement for Black Lives. These women did not have the luxury of parading around cities across America in knitted "pink pussy hats". Without an effort by white women especially to make sure those spaces are reflecting the diversity of women and femme people, we're not going to make the progress we need to. "Identifying these issues is not being divisive".

"I hope to start coming to more of these, actually". And because they fail to do so, white women continue to perpetuate this cycle.

The Women's March was a historic success in bringing out the masses, with far more people turning out for the protest than for Trump's inauguration, according to The New York Times. Its power is transformative; changing the way you think is life-changing, and feminism is a life-long experience.



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