Go ahead and check out the Women’s March on Washington website and look at why they’re marching. No worries, I’ll wait. Now… what did you notice about their principles? Maybe that they marched for rights that they already enjoy? For example, on the website, the organization asserts they cannot vote or worship without fear by claiming, “We believe Civil Rights are our birthright, including voting rights, freedom to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens regardless of race, gender, age or disability.” However, as a female who voted in the recent election, I can attest that every legal and eligible citizen of the United States, are legally allowed to vote and has been able to do so since at the very latest, and in the most extreme cases, August 6, 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was signed (still over 50 years ago). Women have been able to vote since 1920 (almost 100 years ago).
Were these people marching for equality and rights? Or were they marching against newly-inaugurated President Trump? Were they protesting legitimate injustice? Or were they marching in search of a safe space? They will tell you they’re marching for “environmental justice and the end of violence,” but, and I may be overstepping my bounds as a commentator here, I am relatively confident that everyone believes “every person and every community in our nation has the right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands.” Not to mention, no one thinks women are obligated to suffer violence because of their gender.
I think these marches were intended to fend the flames and further divide our country after the inauguration of our new President. I didn’t join the march, even though one took place fifteen minutes from my campus, because I believe 1) that women have the same rights as men and 2) that supporting President Trump and unifying our nation is more important than marching for rights we already have. I don’t know, maybe I’m totally wrong and illegally voted in the last election. What I do know, though, is that a divided country cannot stand. Americans need to overcome the chasm that political parties have created so that the United States can conquer our debt, keep our citizens safe from terrorism, and generate more jobs to get America back on its feet. It’s possible, just a matter of willingness and time. Are you willing to do your part and bridge the gap?