Triage, white women. Triage.
Cynthia McCabe
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TOTALLY get what you’re saying. It is ABSOLUTELY important to stand for the weakest amongst us understand how we (the white community) unfairly benefit from our privilege. My only issue, as someone with grassroot political experience, is with the tone of some of these arguments and how they sometimes take on a demeaning tone that has, as studies have shown, cause some people who would be in your corner to remain quiet because they feel unwelcome or “shamed”. This results in a net-negative effect on the ability for a movement to continue to gain numbers, which is the ultimate goal when you’re trying to take down the most powerful office on earth. Your piece was great- it was not overly critical of those who participated while reminding them that there are some who feel the pain of unjust societal structures more than others. However, (For example the interview you linked to) views the female white community as a monolith. Saying “White women voted for trump too” and saying that we need to tighten up our own communities when, in fact, all of the white women who voted for Trump are primarily from outside the educated and urban areas- so you most likely do not have a lot of white women in your community who secretly voted for Trump- if you had people in your circle who voted for Trump you would know. Also- people from EVERY demographic voted for both candidates. More black men and women voted for Trump in 2016 than did for Romney in 2012- so it just seems a bit anecdotal to use this an excuse to have a sign making white woman feel bad about marching. At this point we need to unify as many people into the opposition as possible and to do so we must have a welcoming tone and message- and then educate on the issues faced by the minority communities once they have joined the cause.

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