A reminder to myself and my fellow white sisters:
We must stand, now we know this. We must march, we must call, we must make our voices heard, it is time. For many of us this is the beginning. For many of us this is a turning point where we say “THAT’S ENOUGH” and we mean it. For many of us we know we will not sit down or stand down or be beaten down until we have been heard, been listened to and feel respected. For many of us–young, white women, we were born into a world where our rights to health care had already been fought for.
But as white women, we must do better than this. We must look and know that for so many people this is not the beginning. This is not the beginning at all, but another hurtle. As white women we must not say “this will be a long four years.” We must say “We’re in this. Until it is fixed. For all of us.”
When we say “this white woman didn’t vote for Trump” this is the equivalent of saying “Not All Men,” or “All Lives Matter.” 53% of white women voted for Trump. Someone I know, someone you know, someone each of us knows voted him into office. We must shoulder this responsibility, educate ourselves and each other. We MUST hold each other accountable.
We must look our wounds in the face, our injuries that say “it has not been easy for me. I am not straight, I have been raped, I don’t get paid as much as men, I’m tired, I have a right to be scared,”
And then we must let those voices go. Cradle them, love them, hear their truth but do not let them deafen other voices, other needs.
We must fight not just for ourselves, but for all humans–for disabled people, black people, indigenous people, Muslims, LGBTQIA+ people, those in poverty, immigrants, people of color.
As white women we must be willing to be called out. As white women we must be willing to see our privilege and dismantle it. As white women we must know that it is OUR job to educate ourselves. As white women, we MUST call each other out when our feminism is anything less than intersectional.
And we must fight not just until our safety is obtained but until ALL women–all people know safety, know freedom, know equality.