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Why the Historic Women’s March Was Controversial for Some Black Women – Atlanta Black Star

NB Commentary: Sharing this article from Atlanta Black Star. A must read speaks to the disparity between the needs that vary between White and Black Feminism movements.

Why the Historic Women’s March Was Controversial for Some Black Women – Atlanta Black Star

By Tanasia Kenney  – January 24, 2017

Just one day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, an estimated 470,000 people (and millions more across the United States and the world) flooded the streets of Washington, D.C., for the first Women’s March on Washington.

Men, women and children — but mostly women — turned out for the historic march on Saturday, Jan. 21, to stand up for women’s rights but also to protest against newly inaugurated President Donald Trump, who made a series of overtly misogynistic remarks during his campaign.

Millions ultimately gathered to unify under the umbrella of feminism, civil rights, immigration and environmental activism, among other issues. However, many Black female organizers and intellectuals had their doubts about the march meeting the needs and concerns of Black women.

Old rifts between Black women organizers and the white feminist movement began to arise soon after the idea for the Women’s March on Washington was announced. The New Yorker reported that the idea for the march was credited to Teresa Shook, a retired white lawyer who resides in Hawaii. After Trump’s surprising presidential win, Shook launched a Facebook event page suggesting a protest. Word of her anti-Trump idea quickly spread, garnering more than 10,000 supporters overnight.

Shook initially called her event the Million Woman March, a moniker originally attributed to a massive protest for Black sisterhood and self-determination held in Philadelphia in 1997. The retired attorney eventually changed the name of her rally, but some Black women still weren’t convinced and accused white women’s rights advocates of appropriating movements started by Black women.

MWM 10-25-1997 Philadelphia, PA
“The many mistakes inherent at all levels of organizing the Women’s March event from very early on demonstrate the very problematic nature of  ‘white feminism,’ ” Jalessah Jackson, a Gender and Cultural Studies major working on her master’s at Simmons College in Boston told Atlanta Black Star. “That is, white feminists’ tendency [historically] to align themselves with white supremacy to achieve their own goals.”
“What we see happening is white women tokenizing and using women of color to advance their own agenda,” Jackson continued. “I don’t think that’s genuinely intersectional. I’m not interested in faux solidarity or intersectionality being merely an afterthought.”

The “intersectionality” Jackson spoke of is a term coined by African-American feminist and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989 and is the concept of inextricably linked facets of race, sex, gender identity and economic status.

The galvanizing issue behind the march was the election of President Trump, who walked to victory with 53 percent of the white female vote. But could white women who couldn’t convince other white women to vote against Trump now center themselves in the “resistance” against his policies?

Many African-American women questioned why they should respond to white women’s call for human rights when they felt their own calls had gone unanswered. Historically, African-American women’s rights advocates have taken issue with the feminist movement overall, highlighting its sometimes racist and exclusionary practices. Was this present-day equality march tumbling down the same rabbit hole? Was it catering to the anxiety of white women over Trump’s victory, while bypassing the real concerns Black women (and communities) have been organizing around for centuries without the resources or support from the people now jumping in front of the line?

Lastly, if Hillary Clinton had won the election and broken the glass ceiling, would there still not be a need for a march to make sure Clinton was clued in that women, particularly Black women, would still be facing income and wealth gabs, police and incarceration issues, terrible public education policies, as well as reproductive rights issues?

Columnist Jamilah Lemieux addressed these concerns in an op-ed piece for ColorLines on Tuesday, Jan. 17. In it, Lemieux explained that she wouldn’t be participating in the Women’s March because she didn’t see the point in “putting my body on the line to feign solidarity with women who, by and large, didn’t have my back prior to November.”

“When I learned that some of those women had decided to channel their disappointment into a ‘Million Women March,’ my twisted moment of pleasure quickly gave way to a familiar sense of annoyance,” she wrote. “Once again, the labors of Black folks (in this case, the 1995 Million Man March and the 1997 Million Woman March organized by Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam) were being co-opted and erased by clueless White ones.

CorrectionThe Million Women’s March grassroots approach to organizing involved Black women sharing information through groups such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, Black media and word of mouth. Organized by Phile Chionesu and Asia Coney, that march focused on the idea of Black women supporting each other. Speakers had included Jada Pinkett Smith, Sistah Souljah and the daughters of Malcolm X. Assata Shakur also read a message from Cuba. People marching held signs that read “I am one in a million,” and “Black Women: No more AIDS, abuse, addiction,” according to CNN. http://www.phillytrib.com/news/local-women-to-rally-for-women-s-march-in-d/article_850a3906-51da-53cc-84de-93fed0a4587e.html

“Will the Women’s March on Washington be a space filled primarily with participants who believe that Black lives matter?” Lemieux added. “I’m not sure.”
Black women’s rights advocates like Lemieux and others who spoke out against the march’s lack of intersectionality and called for more inclusivity were quickly deemed “divisive” and destructive to the vision of feminist solidarity. White feminists condemned African-American, LGBTQ, and Muslim activists who dared to speak up when their interests were forgotten or ignored, creating what critics called “conflict.”

“The attempted hijacking of the march’s agenda and all the nasty tit-for-tat between white vs. black/queer/Muslim/trans and other identities tells a very disturbing story about the divided state of feminism today,” contributor Emma-Kate Symons wrote in an opinion piece for Women in the World. “It saddens me to see the inclusive liberal feminism I grew up with reduced to a grab bag of competing victimhood narratives and individualist identities jostling for most oppressed status.”

Jackson countered Symons’ argument, however, by pointing out how white feminists who supposedly care about the rights of ALL women failed to rally behind Black female victims of police brutality. She added that white women’s rights advocates have a tendency to pick and choose whose female rights they care about.

“Most of the women who marched pat themselves on the back and go back to ignoring women who reside at the intersections of multiple identities,” Jackson told ABS. “Identifying these issues is not being divisive. I believe that in order to affect social change, we must identify what hasn’t been working in order to fix it.”
Some of these issues were resolved or at least finagled by including experienced nonwhite women organizers and activists in the writing of the guiding vision of the march, including them in the list of speakers and having them help lead the organizing process after the rocky start.
The Women’s March was a historic success in bringing out the masses, with far more people turning out for the protest than for Trump’s inauguration, according to The New York Times. But as the feminist movement struggles to become more diverse and open, many concerns need to be addressed, such as leadership, resources and the next steps in creating a viable “resistance” to Trump’s agenda. Moreover, there’s a need to tackle the liberalism of the historic feminist movement, which has too often fought for a place for white women at the expense of Black ones.

The original women’s march took place in Philly 20 years ago
Hundreds of thousands took to the Parkway
BY MELISSA ROMERO  JAN 19, 2017, 10:30AM EST

Two years after the Million Man March, two grassroots activists organized the Million Woman March in Philadelphia for black women to come together and address the ills in their communities. They walked for two miles past symbolic settings, including the Liberty Bell and City Hall, spilling onto the sidewalks of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Some also took issue with the name Shook had proposed, the Million Woman March, which was the name of a 1997 black women’s march in Philadelphia. The racial concerns set off a heated conversation on the group’s main Facebook page, with some African-American women especially taking umbrage.
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Trump Gets His Wall….Obama Gets His Poilce State

TRUMP GETS HIS WALL……….  OBAMA GETS HIS POLICE STATE!!!


NB Commentary: This is so fucked! And Obama thought he was hated????




Trump gets his wall: Huge barricade and no-fly zone is put in place around Manhattan’s Trump Tower amid protests at The Donald’s shock election victory
  • The no-fly zone will be in play until Trump’s inauguration in January
  • The Secret Service will vet those working and living in Trump Towers
  • Police officers have helped to install concrete barriers around the Tower 
  • The lavish building is Trump‘s main residence and business headquarters 
  • Security measures come amidst calls for Trump’s assassination on Twitter 
PUBLISHED: 06:54 EST, 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:49 EST, 10 November 2016
Donald Trump’s transition from a flashy businessman and reality TV star to the President of the United States is keeping the security services busy.
A no-fly zone was imposed over his home and workplace, Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue in New York on November 9. 
The Federal Aviation Administration edict bans any aircraft in a two mile radius within 3,000ft of the 58-story building, which was the setting of the NBC television show The Apprentice and is not only Trump’s main residence but is also a tourist hotspot. 
he flight ban will re-route many helicopter tours of the city, limit the work of media helicopters as well as re-routing commercial aircraft. Drones are also banned
Military, police emergency and secret service flights are exempt from the ban.  
Mashable reports that the change could cause flight delays out of LaGuardia Airport. 
Flights are also limited over Vice President Mike Pence’s Indianapolis home.
The no-fly zone will be in play until Trump’s inauguration on Friday 20 January, 2017, when he will move into the White House. 
Meanwhile, on the ground, police officers have helped to install concrete barriers around the Tower. 

A row of sanitation trucks filled with sand have been acting as barricades along Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets since Monday in order to protect the tower against car bombs.

A no-fly zone has been imposed around Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, New York 
Sources said one lane of traffic that passes the Tower is expected to remain closed to prevent car bomb attacks.
An NYPD checkpoint is also in operation outside the building while 56th street between Fifth and Madison is closed to traffic. 
On Thursday, heavily-armed officers could be seen around the president-elect’s home while Trump himself visited the White House.
Trump and Melania, departed from LaGuardia airport in New York at 9.36am on his personal aircraft and arrived at Ronald Reagan National Airport just after 10.30am. 
Following the meeting, Obama said that he had an ‘excellent conversation’ with Trump. 
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, owner of the New York Observer and a senior adviser to the president-elect’s campaign, was also in tow.
People who work and live inside Trump Tower will also now be vetted by the Secret Service, the New York Daily News reports.
And elevator routes will also be altered to stop people accessing Trump’s personal floors. 
‘Obviously, Trump Tower is not like a house in the suburbs or the country. It’s a tourist location, with businesses and apartments inside, people coming in and out at all hours,’ a source told the New York Daily News.
The glass building is one of New York’s most visited attractions since its completion in 1983. 
If Hillary Clinton had won the election, these additional security measures would not have been needed as her Chappaqua home is already deemed safe from when it acted as a presidential home for husband Bill.
Trump first received a Secret Service detail after requesting one in November 2015.
Clinton already had protection because of her status as a former first lady.
When Trump and his family move into The White House in January, 10-year-old Barron Trump will be the youngest presidential son to reside in the executive mansion since John F. Kennedy, Jr.
The White House has been home to only presidential daughters since JFK, Jr., whose father was assassinated just before his 3rd birthday in 1963.
Kennedy’s son broke a long drought of boys living in The White House. He was the first since Quentin and Archie Roosevelt lived there beginning in 1901.
Outside Trump Tower on Thursday, protesters gathered with signs reading ‘Dump Trump’.
At least 30 people were arrested when cops cracked down on twin demonstrations in Columbus Circle and at Trump Tower.
As many as 7,500 protesters were believed to have been split between the two locations, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Donald Trump, go away, racist, sexist, anti-gay.’
Cher and Madonna were among the NYC protesters, with Cher telling one supporter they needed to ‘fight.’
It wasn’t just New York that saw violence break out overnight. Tens of thousands of people across the country marched against the President-elect before angry mobs attacked police, started fires and shut down highways.
The streets of downtown Oakland in California were choked with smoke Thursday as police launched tear gas and protesters lit fires, in what became by some distance the most violent of the many protests.
More than 6,000 protesters were seen on the streets of Oakland with an initially peaceful march down a cop-lined street turning nasty after some protesters threw bottles at officers and torched a police car. An office block was also attacked, daubed with ‘f*** Trump’ and ‘kill Trump’ graffiti and then set alight.
And thousands more filled streets in Los Angeles before taking over the 110 Freeway while other protesters gathered outside City Hall, lighting fires and waving Trump heads on sticks. There were 14 arrests. 
Trump’s poll-defying win has sparked a wave of similar rallies in Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California, among many others.
Outside the White House, a candlelit vigil was being held in protest against Mr Trump’s inflammatory and divisive brand of politics. But even peaceful protests in that city went awry, with at least one protester being bundled into the back of a van by the Secret Service.
In another step towards Trump taking office, his transition team has launched a new website and Twitter account for him.
Visitors to greatagain.gov can find information on Trump’s polices as well as biographical information about the Republican. 
The website also includes a notice that it’s looking to fill 4,000 slots for presidential appointees, but doesn’t have instructions on how to apply for positions.
The transition team’s Twitter account, @transition2017, posted its first tweet Wednesday night. It reads: ‘Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream.’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is leading Trump’s transition team. 

SOURCETrump Tower is now a no-fly zone

WILL THE ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTS STOP THE INAUGURATION? (VIDEOS)

THE INAUGURATION HASN’T TAKEN PLACE YET!!!

And if these people keep rioting we’ll have Marshall law. It’s all scripted and if that happens there certainly won’t be an inauguration.  Is this a color Revolution as suggested by Wayne Madsen in his article titled “George Soros and his Sorosite minions wasted no time in launching their “color revolution” for the United States. ” Or is it just politics as suggested by Stephen Cohen during his interview on RT.
WayneMadsen states in his article the numerous events where a color revolution has taken place around the world and suggests that it is now happening here in the US.
In the interview with Stephen Cohen he explains that the Electoral College can only be abolished by a Constitutional Amendment and though he glossed over how the Electoral College became a part of the Constitution due to the fact that the Slave Owner States felt they were less represented compared to the heavily populated northern states, I would like to add, that had those Slave owners counted their total population, including the millions of Africans they would have had a fighting chance, but I digress.
When I was in school, I attended catholic school thru to college, they would always make us feel bad about not being observant and not asking questions when we were in class. Of course, being a student in a Catholic Institution that was and probably still is clearly racist, me, as a young person didn’t see it as racist when our all  educators were white nuns and priests. I simply took it to heart and challenged myself to be able to come up with a question, about anything I was being taught. I remember sitting in class being the only one with my hand up to ask a question. When I couldn’t think of one immediately, I would rack my brain until I did. Over time, I became my teachers favorite student for my participation in class, but also I became my teacher’s most feared student. They saw me question almost everything.
To this day, I remember asking Sister Whatever her name was…. How is the electoral college fair? We were studying American Government in 11th grade and I remember her face, that day, where I was sitting in class and her response. She had spent the entire class parroting how wonderful Democracy was and how everyone had the right to vote and the vote was their voice in the electoral process, one vote, one voice.

But when we got to the electoral college she was flabbergasted that I would question its authenticity and now that I look back on it, since she too was probably as brainwashed as the rest of us, she herself, didn’t even know it had to do with the Southern Slave Owners wanting to get a fair chance at voting. Heck, I just found that out during my adult life myself. Which just shows to go you that what we learn in school as so -called history, politics, economics, etc. are really all parroting what somebody told them that somebody told them and so on.

 The debate over the electoral college is long overdue. It has no relevance in today’s society and does tend to give the edge where it should not. It overrides the popular vote but has only been seriously contested in the 2000 election, which when presented before the Supreme court, they went with the Electoral College vote that gave us four years of GW Bush. Lord Have mercy.
Do they really want the electoral voters to go rogue? Do they want to set this precedent? Are they really ready for the aftermath of that turn of events? Are they really ready for a Constitutional Amendment that will abolish the Electoral College and have one man/one vote. If in the final analysis they can convince Florida to change their vote to Hillary, then the constitution will certainly be in crisis.  Like in 2008 when they elected Obama with little or no experience and a mysterious background.

If they do that, how does that look? Go single out one state to change its vote? What about the other states that went Republic but had to give their vote to the Dems. What about the one man one vote?

I really doubt that will happen, that’s a blatant interference with the electoral process. The Clinton’s have money and they can buy some folks off, but even if they did a recount it would expose election fraud on both sides but moreso with the Clinton campaign and the DNC and not to mention Wikileaks where even the mainstream media is referring to.

These young people are not informed voters. They are all puppets in the hands of the puppet masters who rule the leaders and the followers. They really need to take a course in US Government that analyses it authenticity and its viability. They need to see who really creates policy. They need to take the blinders off and face the fact that one man/one vote means nothing after the election when they have corporate lobbyist who make 6 figures lobbying for the bankers and corporations for the purpose of getting policies enacted that will be in their best interests.
Look around. How many times have you heard people complain about what they DID NOT VOTE FOR, but what is happening anyway. Why? Because one man/one vote does not add up to cash in the bank accounts of the elected officials. One lobbyist does….

The electoral process is an essential part of “the consent of the governed” defined by Rousseau. In almost all of the so-called democratic countries, however, the important act of voting to elect the people’s representatives has become an exercise in futility. Today politicians, who still have the audacity to call themselves public servants, are the obedient executors of the trans-national global corporate elite. These politicians are actors who are cast to perform in opaque screenplays written by top corporate power brokers and marketed to the public like products. In this sad state of affairs that passes for democracy, citizens have become blind consumers of products, which are political figureheads working for global corporate interests. For any organism to remain healthy, it must be able to excrete. The same applies to our collective social body, but instead of regularly eliminating our political residue and flushing it away, we recycle it. http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Illusion-of-Democracy-by-Gilbert-Mercier-150304-357.html

I must admit that things are shifting. There is infighting among the elite. The Soros gang against the Kissinger gang. Each wanting to control the Universe.

Both reptilian.
Fighting over the planet like their Ancestors have been doing for millennia.
People are so divided as well.

I am working on a reading on this.
Some say he will be assassinated or die after a couple years in office.
Hillary is on her deathbed and has proven more of a liability than an asset to her handlers with all her scandals exposed.
Trump will have to bite the bullet, go along to get along and part of that is to pardon Hillary.
Obama could Pardon her but that would be an admission of guilt. 
If Trump does that will be an olive branch to her supporters but a green light to others in the hidden cabal of criminality and pedophilia. 

The Powers that shouldn’t be have gotten themselves in a cross-hairs of Biblical proportions and the rest of us just want to have a decent life, feed and educate our families, have clean air and fresh water, non GMO foods and simple moments with nature.

Links of Interest:
Massive Anti-Trump Protest Planned for Inauguration Day in DC
Thousands have already signed up for a Jan. 20 protest in downtown D.C.
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. Following his defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the Republican is set to replace Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. What can we expect from the proceedings and how will the pop culture world respond? 
Plot Twist: CNN Now Saying That Donald Trump Will Win The Popular Vote; UPDATE: CNN Admits Design Flaw
Majority Party: House Republicans Win National ‘Popular Vote’ By Three Million
Guy Benson Posted: Nov 11, 2016 1:01 PM
George Soros and his Sorosite minions wasted no time in launching their “color revolution” for the United States.  by Wayne Madsen Report
Ironically, it is the United States that championed Soros’s “color revolutions” in Ukraine (twice), Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Iran, China, and countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Now, thanks to the billionaire hedge fund tycoon, a color revolution is being launched on the streets of the United States. 
In the rush for inclusion in America, the election of the first Black President represented the apex of success to some. The folly of that has fallen to the level that Blacks’ major political pursuit is maintenance of the status quo and Obama as President. In their moves to be mainstream, Blacks now eagerly accept second-class American status. If you look at any social index, Blacks have much to complain about. Not just this Democratic administration but most political administrations over the years have ignored Blacks and their political needs. Black activists must be brainwashed or blind not to see legacies of institutional racism and discrimination in housing, education, policing, criminal justice and employment that continue under Obama’s presidency. The average African-American income is $33,916, compared with $54,920 for Whites. Conservative Republican Congressman Allen West offers a different slant on “who is brainwashing whom” by citing Black Americans’ disregard of the 16.7% unemployment rate in Black communities, 20% unemployment rate for Black adult males and 45% unemployment for Black teenagers under the Obama administration.
The Illusion of Democracy : A More Accurate History of the Modern United States
“The Illusion of Democracy” is a more accurate history of the United States since the coup of 1963, when President Kennedy was executed in Dealey Plaza. This sequel focuses on the political side. It explains Hegelian Principles and how our puppet masters create conflict to increase their wealth and power while controlling the media through Operation Mockingbird. It connects the dots of all major false flag events to prove this massive deception has been intentionally engineered to subjugate our nation to indentured servitude in a feudal system controlled by wealthy oligarchs. This book was written at a high school level with those students in mind. It is perfect for high school classes, college courses, or the average reader at home who is curious about what went wrong over the past generation which killed the American Dream.

The Illusion of Democracy
By Gilbert Mercier http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Illusion-of-Democracy-by-Gilbert-Mercier-150304-357.html

The electoral process is an essential part of “the consent of the governed” defined by Rousseau. In almost all of the so-called democratic countries, however, the important act of voting to elect the people’s representatives has become an exercise in futility. Today politicians, who still have the audacity to call themselves public servants, are the obedient executors of the trans-national global corporate elite. These politicians are actors who are cast to perform in opaque screenplays written by top corporate power brokers and marketed to the public like products. In this sad state of affairs that passes for democracy, citizens have become blind consumers of products, which are political figureheads working for global corporate interests. For any organism to remain healthy, it must be able to excrete. The same applies to our collective social body, but instead of regularly eliminating our political residue and flushing it away, we recycle it.
101 Things We Learned from WikiLeaks’ Podesta Emails
Will President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton of all the various criminal acts she has been accused of during the 2016 election? Can the White House pardon Hillary before an indictment? If Obama takes no action, is Hillary Clinton guilty of treason as some claim? If so, will Donald Trump prosecute Hillary and order the FBI to have Hillary arrested?

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