I was unable to attend any of the marches held this past Saturday due to (you guessed it) a migraine, but I was certainly there in spirit and a friend wrote my initials on a sign she carried in Savannah, GA.
Millions of people participated in marches across the country with no reports of arrests, deaths or property damage. Seeing the hundreds of pictures flood in during and after made me proud; proud to be a women, proud to be an American.
But within mere hours of the marches ending, possibly even sooner then that, Facebook posts were popping up all over the place – from fellow women – not understanding why we marched. “We aren’t being denied any rights” they all say. What they don’t see, what they fail to understand, is that our new administration doesn’t care about us.
Us being women, people of color, people that identify as LGBTQ, people that don’t identify as straight white male. They care about themselves and their money. They care about what benefits their 1950′s vision of America.
Well their 1950′s vision of American isn’t mine. My vision of America is one that truly embraces women, people of color, and those that identify as any sexual orientation and gender identity. This country; it failed us. We failed ourselves. We allowed a racist, misogynist, bigot to be elected to the highest position of power in the land. And that man is appointing a team of neo-nazis, climate change deniers and conversion therapy proponents to help him lead this country.
And they’re trying to gaslight us. Inauguration crowd sizes truly don’t matter, but our President’s first press conference centered around his press secretary coming out and not only refusing to take questions, but bold face lying about the numbers that attended – something that is easily fact checked. Then Kelly Anne Conway came out and told us that the press secretary, did not, in fact, LIE, but instead presented “alternative facts”. Sweetheart; alternative facts are lies. Oh yeah, and they also threatened to bar the press from the west wing.
And as if to punish the women of the world for marching in direct opposition of everything Trump is and has said, today he signed an executive order prohibiting giving funding to international NGOs that offer or advise on reproductive health options if they include abortion; even if US dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services (source: Huffington Post).
This is why we marched.