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Sooooo, the day after the inauguration of the Cheeto-in-Chief, Women marched on Washington in “protest.” By now we know that the Women’s March was a global phenomenon, from DC to NYC and Paris to Tokyo.
Now, my cynical behind has to ask; is all of this because the orange Menace grabbed a white woman’s pussy and I am possibly feeling the same way Hillary may be:
I mean, really, where were all these White Women in their pink hats when the head of White Women feminism, Hillary Rodham Clinton was running for President. And days after the march, social media was blowing up with Women of Color discussing all the ways White Women were oppressive during the march and oppressive in general. One of my favorite posts was:
This Women’s March had me thinking about our foremothers, specifically Mother Sojourner Truth and her speech Ain’t I a woman? Much like all the whitelash that is hitting now because Women of Color are calling white women out on their white supremacy and racism, when Truth stood up and inserted herself in the 1851 (White) Women’s Convention in Akron Ohio, white women were mortified and disgusted.
Because apparently, women are only women and deserve equality and justice if they’re white. This thing called intersectionality, seems to escape white women. But as you can see by some of the signs at the march, Black women are striking back.
So what does this mean for your classroom? If you’re on a MS and HS level then you could, should engage students in a conversation about intersectionality using the Women’s March as an example. You know, Women’s History Month is in March and by then we will have a better understanding of the impact of this march on our policies. If you’re in Elementary School then you can reveal all the wonders and glory of Mother Sojourner Truth to your little kiddos.
Not to mention Black History Month is just a few days away and any woke teacher has been planning all the many ways that they will engage students in Black excellence. But if you’re still looking for some inspiration, we here at CREAD want you to remix BHM. You must, of course, engage students with the knowledge of historical figures but we must also let our students know that there are Black People right now doing good work in the service of the Diaspora. So check out the Root 100 and infuse February with some old and some new.
And let me just say, there was no way in the world I was going to attend the (white) women’s march. I shared the same views as writer Jamilah Lemieux:
“I don’t know that I serve my own mental health needs by putting my body on the line to feign solidarity with women who by and large didn’t have my back prior to November.”
BUT, I am proud of all the women who did march in all the cities around the world and I do pray that one day, when we say women, it will include ALL women.
Until then, we must resist President Tang and his policies and support the platform of the Women’s March beginning with the 10 actions/ 100 days along with the Black Lives Matter policy platform. And as we support these platforms, we must engage our students in the critical deconstruction of the current socio-political context of our new world. Because we all need some hope and ACTION in times like these. I woke to my little sisters text: “I can’t see how this is NOT the end of the world.” Let’s help her and all our young people with their bright minds and full hearts to know it is NOT the end of the world…unless we do nothing.
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