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Donald Trump officially took office on January 20th and the majority of the nation mourned. The uncertainty and the grimness of his campaigning have now become a sobering reality for an America that didn’t seem to realize she was “honeymooning”.
Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama said their final goodbyes and as their helicopter rose into the air to make its final bow, the world responded with anti-Trump rallies, protesting and marches that began at the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Though many mainstream outlets are reporting how peaceful these protests were, women of color are outraged that is the narrative being told. For one, it goes to show you that when white women with their privilege are at the forefront of an issue, police are not as quick to use force or brutality to disperse a crowd.
It’s also an insult to people of color who used ‘marching’ as a tool against racial intolerance, white supremacy, and Jim Crow during the 1960’s and were prone to violent interactions with law enforcement because of it. Some Women of Color argue that the ‘feminist’ movement is not meant to be inclusive of Black women or Black people at all.
On the other end of the spectrum, you had celebrities such as Janelle Monae, Alicia Keys, Michaela Angela Davis who are well-known celebrity activists, attended and spoke at the much-publicized event. And you also had social justice activists, well-known within the space such as Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Janaye Ingram who are women of color, play key roles in organizing the event and listed as members of the national committee for the Women’s March on Washington. So then, are women of color and POC, in particular, being included or not in the conversation now?
So what’s aching Gilbert Grape?
Women of Influence took to their social media accounts to berate and remind everyone the importance of promoting the true narrative which was not that the protests was peaceful but more about why millions of women were able to band together across the globe to make a statement of resistance to the incoming Administration that will be run by Donald Trump despite our inherent differences.
To those that are in dissent, I ask you, what’s so hard about banning together on this? Do you see what I see? Do you see how much trouble our country is in? Do we have time for nitpicking right now? I say NO.
My “no ma’am” isn’t to discredit or downplay the insult, injury, and injustice Black people of African descent has been denied for centuries. My “no ma’am” is a reminder to all, though complicated, we need each other more now than ever before. For real.
Photo: Women’s March on Washington