When You Brag That The Women’s Marches Were Nonviolent

Ijeoma Oluo
The Establishment
Published in
3 min readJan 23, 2017

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Rosa Parks being fingerprinted by an Alabama police officer after her arrest during the bus boycott (Wikimedia).

When you brag that your protests had no arrests, I wonder what you think that says about you.

“When someone asks me about violence… I just find it incredible. Because what it means is that the person asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through — what black people have experienced in this country — since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.” — Angela Davis

When you brag that your protests had no arrests, I wonder what you think that says about you.

Rosa Parks’ February 21, 1956 mugshot after her leadership in the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Getty Pages).
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for “loitering” in 1958 (Wikimedia Commons).
Angela Davis being arrested in 1970.
Mississippi Freedom Riders arrested in 1961 (Washington Post).

When you say that your protests were peaceful, I wonder how much credit you are taking for that.

The firehosing of unarmed water protectors at Standing Rock in freezing temperatures in November, 2016 (Avery Leigh White).

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Ijeoma Oluo
The Establishment

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