Today, I was honoured to be apart of an immensely powerful movement and one of the biggest mobilisations of people across the world in history.
The Women’s March movement represents day one of the resistance against not just the Trump presidency, but what that represents across the whole world.
Too often, I am asked “what difference will it make?” By family members, friends and even the stranger on the street today who was frustratingly trying to push through the throng of protestors.
When he couldn’t get through to where he needed to go, I invited him to join the protest. He said “I don’t want to join the protest, what’s it about anyway?” I explained that it was a global response to the inauguration of Trump and the wider significance of that. He responded “this is the wrong country, he isn’t here, he’s already in now anyway.” He then pushed through to wherever it was he was trying to go.
I reflected on this exchange and this man’s attitude to people like me. People who cannot believe that we live in a world where Donald Trump has become president. People who are sick of oppressive systems of power and what they create. People who choose to take to the streets as part of their personal resistance against systemised inequality and injustice.
He was white. And male. With no insight into his privilege.
I was reminded that it is this attitude of indifference and apathy that is the problem.
And also the reason why people like me and so many others choose to march. For ourselves, for others, for our communities and for humanity.
So many people have to fight for the right to exist and to be. It is for the rest of us to join that fight.
To suggest that movements like these achieve nothing, is to delegitimise and fundamentally misunderstand the power of people. History has shown us what movements can achieve.
Yes, Trump is in. Yes, Brexit is looming. Yes, intolerance, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia are real and rife.
But the question shouldn’t be “what will this achieve?” But rather, “how are we going to fight back?”
The answer is in unifying, organising communities and intersectional movement building. One people, shared struggles.
For those people asking what’s the point- check your privilege.