Immigration · Organizing · Politics

We Need to Fucking Show Up

The Women’s March on Washington was a success without parallel. Millions of women across not just our own country but the entire world banded together in a massive showing against patriarchal tyranny. We peacefully demonstrated that we would not sit quietly in our kitchens while the nation burned. We chanted that our rights were sacred, that they would not be stripped from us without a substantial fight. The 21st of January was an important day in our story. However, with the egregious and illegal ban on Muslims entering the United States it’s time to step it up.

The biggest critique of the Women’s March has been its lack of diversity. White sisterhood is a clique and can seem daunting and exclusive. We claim solidarity with women of color but deny our own privilege in the same breath. We get defensive, cry that our lives are tough too, and generally shut down when women of a different race come to us about issues they alone deal with. We aren’t the bad guys, we exclaim. We aren’t the ones putting you down. But if we refuse to see our place within the framework of white privilege we perpetuate institutional racism. If we are really dedicated to building an intersectionally feminist alliance we need to demonstrate that passion with our actions. Words are meaningless. Our white tears are constructing no bridges.

Baton Rouge is holding an event in solidarity with the Muslim community and we need to show the fuck up. If our zeal for human rights goes beyond pink pussy hats and clever signs we need to be there. We need to put our bodies along side those who are in the most danger from this administration. Do you know why there wasn’t a single person arrested during the Women’s March? Because white women aren’t feared. White women’s stereotypes involve pumpkin spice  lattes and yoga pants. Women of color are branded as angry and animalistic. Muslim women are painted as brainwashed victims on a good day, brainwashed terrorists on any other. Our skin color is armor, let’s use it for good. We need to bear witness and form a circle of protection so that the oppressed can speak freely and without fear or repercussion.

If you are not completely enraged by what has happened in this last week and a half you aren’t paying attention, are willfully ignorant, or you are a racist xenophobe. Those are the options. For those of us who care about people who don’t share our culture, our faith, our race, let’s channel our rage and do something with it.

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