George Michael

Sister Outsider: On the limits of protest and white feminism at the Women's March

Sister Outsider: On the limits of protest and white feminism at the Women's March

I conducted a poll among some of my friends, all young professional women of color, to see how many of them planned to attend the Women's March on Washington. Crickets. Of the dozens of women polled, one or two seriously considered attending the march. The major consensus of my local community—and the greater black social media cadre—planned to sit out and give a glaring Michelle Obama side-eye to the whole event.

The reasons varied. Some sat out because they had followed the traumatic stories of women of color organizers who participated early on in the planning of the march (all of the original organizers were white). Candice Huber, a former Louisiana state...

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