I love social media right now! Everyone’s posting pics from different marches in different cities, and THE FEELING IS INCREDIBLE.
I marched in Jackson, the capital city of maybe the reddest state in the union—Mississippi. We were probably between 1,500 and 2,000, which is only about 1% of the city’s population.
But it was by far the biggest Jackson crowd I’ve seen come out for a protest of any kind, and it was only one of at least four marches in Mississippi.
And there were people of different ages, ethnicities and religions. There were disabled marchers and gender non-binary marchers. There were women with vaginas and women without vaginas and lots of men who support women.
Estimates of nearly 5 million people marched in 673 events worldwide, including Iceland (since I’ve been talking about it so much lately).
And each of those 5 million individuals came from with their own personal blend of systematic privileges and disenfranchisement. This made the march more inspirational for some than for others and led some people to boycott altogether.
I loved the Women’s March, love that it happened, am obsessed and overwhelmed by the sheer size of the global movement, and I’m still in love with our enthusiasm and might, but I do appreciate a reality check. It’s crucial to realize that being systemically disenfranchised in one or some ways doesn’t undermine your privilege in other ways.
So white cis women, let’s not be complicit in the systemic exploitation of others, and let’s be supportive, not defensive, when the most vulnerable among us express frustration and anger and call us out. Let’s not perpetuate “alternative facts,” please!