- WOMEN’S MARCH ON JACKSON -
“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda “The Schuyler Sisters”
There were, at the very least, one protest march in every state in the union this past Saturday, January 21st, 2017.
This is a story about Jackson, Mississippi’s.
The march started at noon and by the time my sister and I arrived, fifteen minutes later, it was already in full swing.
As she hurried to take part in her first protest march I started weaving in and out among the marchers.
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and I remember thinking to myself during this one; this one felt different.
The turn-out was amazing.
There are rough estimates that say over one thousand people turned out.
I had never seen so many people at a protest in Jackson before.
I was surprised at how much comfort I took from that.
And that’s when it hit me. The march wasn’t what was different. The difference was me.
Because that’s when I really realized, at that moment, how much all of the gaslighting had actually effected me.
It had started to feel like I was the taking the crazy pills. That I was all alone.
because america is a story.
“this is why it’s important to not be silent. don’t keep your opinions to yourself. let your voices be heard.
all of our voices add to the narrative of the story of the world and the future we want for ourselves.”
And when you give freedom to your voice, when you add it to the ongoing American Narrative, you give others that same freedom.
The freedom to realize; you’re not alone.
The freedom to realize; that even if the world has gone crazy it doesn’t mean you have.
The freedom to realize; we’re all in this together and there are more of us than them.
How lucky we are.
All our lives we’ve read about or seen movies about other people, other generations, that have lived through interesting times.
And we’ve wondered; “would I have been as brave as them? would i have stood up to be counted when it counted the most?”
We would have been.
Yes, we are.
“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”
— Zora Neale Hurston