After The March
As the numbers started rolling in, I was elated to see the amount of women and men who showed up to the march far surpassed what was originally estimated.The numbers in Seattle were estimated at 200,000 people. For a brief moment, I felt like I could breathe again - that maybe the world is still sane, and that we knew we messed up.
But, let us not forget the fight is not over.
I will admit I have caused some of this mess. I have never felt the crushing weight of discrimination, but that doesn’t mean it does not exist. I avoided staying up to date on politics, economic, and social issues. I thought if I ignored it, it would go away- but others did not have that luxury.
So yes, you can always remember the Women’s March as a time of coming together- but do not forget there is still injustice. There is still a huge racial barrier between women. The “sisterhood” has not been mended - it is clear throughout the various articles I have read by women of color. My heart fell as I finally understood these barriers have been built over hundreds of years, so it is going to take more than a few protests to tear them down.
While I do believe in the message that the Women’s March promoted, I can’t help but feel there is so much mending still left to do. I regret that it took me so long to see this, and I will not say better late than never. It should not have taken this insanity to see the divide, but I can tell you I will no longer stay silent at any time.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have started a reading list to educate myself, and I would like to share it with you. I would also love to hear your suggestions of reading material on the comments below.
Cate Young, This Is What I Mean When I Say White Feminism
Jarune Uwujaren and Jamie Utt, Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional - Everyday
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by Bell Hooks
Written by Kayla, Seattle Ambassador
*Image taken from this New York Time's article Who Didn’t Go to the Women’s March Matters More Than Who Did