The day after this month’s presidential inauguration in the United States of America, women marched in protest all across the nation and globe to voice their outrage over Donald Trump becoming the so-called “leader of the free world.”
Here in the United States, there were a great number of protests organized in cites large and small all across the country. In Los Angeles, California, a great deal of women and men participated in an anti-Trump march as well. However, a black woman named Jasmyne Cannick (pictured) decided against participating in that march for a number of respectable reasons.
Cannick is a regular contributor to The Advocate Magazine and a nationally known television and radio commentator on political, race, and LGBT issues. She wrote an opinion-editorial for The Advocate, which was published online this past Tuesday (January 24th).
Cannick’s piece was titled “Why I Almost Sat Out the Women’s March.” In her thought-provoking article, Cannick talks about why she didn’t attend the Women’s March in Los Angeles. She almost decided against participating in protests altogether. However, Cannick did end up protesting in one city that grabbed her attention: Compton, California.
“I took one look at the list of scheduled speakers [at the Los Angeles Women’s March]and couldn’t help but notice the lack of black women speakers. To put it more clearly — there were more men scheduled to speak at the Los Angeles Women’s March than black women,” Cannick wrote.
She went on to write about what motivated her to finally decide what protest to participate in and where. Cannick added:
“Complaining about something on social media is one thing, but finding a way to participate in a meaningful way and represent the faces, lives, and voices of millions of black women is another. Besides, I didn’t want to sit this national day of action out at home or in the office watching it on television. When Saturday finally came, I woke up and went online and decided to attend the Women’s March, after all — but in Compton. We didn’t have cameras or celebrities, but we did have a diverse group of committed women and men who came together to lift up the voices of women — and I couldn’t have been happier to be there.” (TheAdvocate.com)
To read Cannick’s entire opinion-editorial, click the link to the cited research source for this article below.