On Saturday, January 22 I watched, with joy, the news clips on the internet covering the huge, peaceful protest marches that were taking place across the United States and around the world. I was impressed, and wished I could have been a part of it. The marches were in protest of the plans, especially those that would take away women’s rights, of the new US President, and his cabinet that he hopes to have approved – plans that will have profound effects on all humans, worldwide. At least that’s what I thought it was about.
The next morning, however, when I was browsing my Facebook feeds, I was very disappointed to see, a picture of a black woman at one of the rallies holding up a sign that said, “Don’t forget: White women voted for Trump.”
My reaction was, “why is this part of a protest march meant to unite people who all fear the same things and are there to support each other?”
I pondered that while I showered and dressed. When I returned there were many more posts along the same vein. Many complained about the number of white protesters that were there; complained that they hadn’t been there before so they shouldn’t be there now or it was too little, too late. When I replied that not all white women had voted for Trump and probably some blacks had as well, and said that I supported the protest as a means to unite all humans over these causes, not to divide by race or sexual orientation (that was another complaint – transgenders hadn’t been specifically addressed) I was told that the majority of white women had voted for Trump, and “that is a big problem.”
So, I ask, if this is true (I haven’t seen any such statistics, but I believe it could be possible) we can’t change that vote, so what good is hammering on about it going to do in trying to reunite the nation? Will such accusations not only feed the hate?
Another person indicated that she was disappointed that there had been no police action against the marchers that usually happens during Black Lives Matter protests. She blamed that on the fact that it was a “white women’s protest.” In actual fact, the three main organizers are not white at all. But the marches were planned long in advance and well organized. They were not protests against police brutality. It was also fortunate that there were no extremist showing up to create violence. Maybe these are reasons why these marches turned out differently.
You can’t get people to listen to you if you yell insults at them. This is true on all issues, on all sides. The hate and divisiveness can’t be stopped until people are willing to LISTEN to each other; to put themselves in the shoes of one another. Get rid of the chips on the shoulders. Then we can let go of the past and work toward a better future, united.
Was I wrong? Was the purpose of these marches not to show a strong front against the frightening turn that government leadership is taking; to stop the spread of hate and sexism and of dictatorship? If I’m right, how can that be accomplished if we continue to distrust each other, to insult each other, to think of ourselves as part of specific categories of the human race, rather than as belonging to the human race as a whole? United we stand; divided we fall; and terrorists, dictators, racists, bigots win.
This is my opinion. I hope that you can try to understand it, and respect it. I’d be happy to respectfully listen to yours.
Let’s give peace a chance.
I was at the Women’s March in Kingston, and there were females and males ranging from babies to seniors. Some dogs too (wasn’t sure of their gender). It was peaceful and fun, and in spite of some trouble with the sound system, the speeches were well received. One of the last speakers did rail against the organizers and crowd saying she was “heartbroken” to be invited and to see so many people because we were not rallying to support the Black Lives Matter movement (I don’t know if there’d been a rally in Kingston at the time when those marches were going on) and we weren’t supportive of Native women’s issues (not true). She also called it a White Women’s march–but there were women of different races there. It’s sad when to pick themselves up, some people have to put others down. The marches were a great start and showed a lot of solidarity. These other issues are important, but they weren’t the focus of that day. We will all stand together when there are other marches too.
Your opinion resonated with me too. That day started something, and I think it will continue for a long time. We need to stand together, because yes, divided, we fall. Well said.
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I agree Jude, I also was so impressed because it was all nationalities, races, colours, and Peaceful! To me it said give careful thought to what you do, it involves all of us, and all of us want peace!
Your viewpoint to stand united resonated with me. What a wise woman you are, Judy. May some of your wisdom spread.
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