What are we to make of the Women’s March?
First, I reject some of Madonna’s comments. Here is one of the things she said:
And to our detractors that insist this march will never add up to anything, fuck you. Fuck you. It is the beginning of much needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people. Change that will require many of us to make different choices in our lives. But this is the hallmark of revolution. My question to you today is, “Are you ready?” I said, “Are you ready?” Say, “Yes, we’re ready!” Say, “Yes, we’re ready!” One more time, you’re ready! Yes, I’m angry.
This statement is completely out of line. We don’t need any more derogatory language in this charged political environment.
She also tried to make a point about choosing the way of love by this comment:
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, we must love one another or die. I choose love.”
I think this statement is a disaster. She could have made her point in a better way.
There was more to the march than these unsavory moments. In fact, the march is probably the largest protest in US history. And I agree with Trump who tweeted that “peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy.”
The real question is what will materialize from these marches. A march without concrete, results-producing activism is just a march.
Here are some images from the various march locations. All of the following images can be found here.
(Durban, South Africa)