Look: These DC March Signs Saying More White Women Voted for Trump Ignited a National Debate Over the Intersectionality of Feminism

Look: These DC March Signs Saying More White Women Voted for Trump Ignited a National Debate Over the Intersectionality of Feminism

Here's why some found the protest problematic and others asked would the same people show support for #BLM.

Published January 23rd

On Saturday, the women's marches in Washington, D.C., and other cities made history for being the largest protest march after a presidential election. Although the overall feel of the march was one of solidarity, many women of color could not help but point out the exclusive nature of the march and the fact that it appeared to be hijacked by white women. 

As a result, many white, cisgender feminists have blamed women of color, along with trans women, for dividing the march.

Although this is not the first time women of color have taken heat for speaking up, this march in particular was home to many signs that pointed out the action taken by Black women during this election.  

Several activists were seen holding signs that not only addressed the whiteness of the march, but also encouraged white women to stand up for other issues that do not belong to them. 

  1. Although the march brought out a large crowd of white women, we cannot forget the demographic that elected Trump
  2. Not to mention the fact that an overwhelming amount of Black women came out and took care of business on Election Day
  3. As women of color attempted to make the march more intersectional, they were blamed by white women for being divisive
  4. However, there were a large number of signs that pointed out how the power of this march should also be used for other platforms

    In a column for ColorLines, activist Jamilah Lemieux explained that she felt the march centered to heavily around whiteness, which is why she would not be in attendance. 

    "Will the Women's March on Washington be a space filled primarily with participants who believe that Black lives matter?" questioned Lemieux. "I'm not sure."

  5. The Trump administration will overturn policies that have detrimental effects on people of color and immigrants, which made many wonder if the protesters will be just as vocal for those issues
  6. There were, however, some signs held by white women that personally addressed their own privilege
  7. One woman in particular held a sign reminding her white sisters and herself that they were the ones who put us in this situation

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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