Am I the only one a bit confused about the meaning behind the Woman's March on Washington? It's being billed as BOTH a Woman's/Equal Rights (for all) March supporting Planned Parenthood AND a Anti Trump Rally.
The official Woman's March website's mission states: We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. The site goes on to state that: as we all would agree, woman rights are human rights and that their Unity Principles include: Ending Violence, Reproduction Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Worker's Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights and Environmental Justice.
While it would be absurd for any American in their right mind to oppose the mission and unity principles of the Woman's March, what actually happened during the rally/march was less about standing together in solidarity and more about dividing our county even more, on a day that should have been about inclusion.
If, as the organizers state, "the rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many... immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault - and our communities are hurting and scared" was the reason for the protest, it seems that perhaps there was a missed opportunity to unite this county. As a resident of Washington, DC for the last 20 years, I continually see how unifying a march on Washington can be. This was a missed opportunity to bring together both sides of the isle on an equal playing field to discuss the Unity Principle issues that will affect this country through at least the next 4 years; however, this did not happen.
While I am not naive to the frustration of woman/civil rights activist, the events of the day seems a lot more divisive than inclusive. Many of the speeches were less about healing our nation or defending human rights and more about blowing up the White House and the hate for our President of the United States; none of which has to do with Women or Human Rights.
While I wholeheartedly stand for Woman/Equal Rights, simply listening to some of the speeches and rhetoric completely turned not only me off, but a host of other American's I spoke to who would have liked to have seen this march take a more inclusive & healing stance.
I sincerely hope that the outcome of this march not only yields legislative impacts with inclusive conversations surrounding the Woman's March Unity Principals and how we as a national can reach their goals.
Curious what you thoughts are... post below.
Howard Nelson Cromwell