I’ve been meaning to get around to asking for a discussion on the [white] Women’s March that’s taking place for the second time, on January 20th, for a little while now.
In case you’re not familiar with it, the inaugural march happened last year, in response to Donald Trump’s election. It was started as an act of solidarity from women who worked to resist the measures he threatened to enact regarding access to abortion, reproductive measures and a slew of others. The march was apparently the largest one in the history of marching, as well as praised because of its non-violence, even given the size of the crowds (because white women have always been the targets of systematic violence, right?! — *I’m rolling my eyes*)
I’ll be honest that I attempted to go last year — not to the actual march itself to participate with others. I’m a Black woman in America — nothing has changed for me. I went towards the very end, because I heard there were indigenous drumming circles that I really wanted to hear. But that was the peak of my interest in the event and I even missed that.
But I didn’t go then, and I will not go now because trauma against women didn’t begin with Donald Trump.
It was only when white women felt the heat of social and political harassment and torture did they call women across the world to participate. It was only when white women realized their rights were encroached upon by a structure that has historically protected them, that they decided to march. It wasn’t the over 500 years of medical, sexual, or physical abuse that women have suffered at the hands of society and the state. And it also wasn’t the rape of indigenous women, enslavement of Black women or the abuse and murder of Latina women, the discrimination against Third World women. Or U.S. imperialism. It was only when white women came under the spotlight is when they decided to take ‘action’ and I will not support. I think the Women’s March is nothing less than an act of violence against women everywhere, especially those who have worked to garner attention to trauma but have been ignored. And I can’t get with that.
Plus.. those hats. They are vastly overrepresented by white women (I don’t care if they were made by a WOC ). They are exclusionary and steeped in white supremacy, reflective of a white woman’s pink ‘pussy’ completely erasing even the women who made them and their communities. Is there a greater indicator of centralizing white womanhood?
OK, I’m going off on a tangent and that’s not (necessarily) what I meant to do. I mean, I could talk for a lot longer, but I won’t. I just want to start a conversation on who’s going and who isn’t. I want to hear from WOC on if you’re going or not, why and why not? I want to gain your insight.