January 21st, 2017 will be one for the history books. Approximately 500,000 men, women, and children attended the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. alone. Across the world, millions more gathered to voice their discontent with the newly elected President of the United States, Donald Trump. And what better day to do it than the day after his inauguration?
"Millions of people, no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., came together to stand up for something they believed in and defended something that they felt was being threatened."
The question that people seemed to be asking was simple: why? What were they marching for? In late October of last year, an audio recording of the President bragging about how he could commit sexual assault due to his status was leaked to the public. Trump has also made many unprofessional, sexist comments about women in the media who have in some form criticized him or his actions, such as the comments he said to Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly, Huffington Post co-owner and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, lawyer Elizabeth Beck, and last but not least, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I would put some of these statements into the newspaper, but alas, due to their vulgarity, I can’t.
Vice President Mike Pence has also stated that he wanted to “send Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” which is a pretty powerful threat. These are just several of the situations that have struck a chord within the globe.
All of these reasons are worrisome to me since they affect me, and all of us, either directly or indirectly. I feel that if you are upset about something in your community or in your nation, then you should not just sit behind your phone and angrily type away on Twitter. Instead, go out and address the problem! Do something about it. You have a voice, and you should use it.
That’s why I think the Women’s March was such an amazing thing. Millions of people, no matter what gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, etc., came together to stand up for something they believed in and defended something that they felt was being threatened. We should all feel empowered to do this, regardless of political stance. In words attributed to Mahatma Ghandi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
We Grizzlies are an opinionated bunch, hm? Speak out and be heard.