I marched on Saturday in DC.
I loved every minute of it.
It was exhilarating.
But I understand the concerns of conservatives who felt left out.
I don’t think people on the left (like me) should ignore these women and men. Instead, we should listen to people who don’t vote like us, trying to find common ground.
Here are two things I adored about the march that I think we all can agree on, even if you objected to this event.
Although it was VERY crowded, the marchers I encountered were all incredibly polite, civil, helpful, and friendly. One woman who scaled a building to get a better view was asking if anyone wanted her to take pictures for them, even though she needed both hands to stay on her ledge! She also took it upon herself to shoot panoramic views.
Again and again, women and men created passageways through the crowd when somebody was getting claustrophobic. Usually, with density like that, people get testy. But it didn’t happen. It was like we all took an individual pledge to be as tender with each other as we could. For me, this was part of the joy of that day. I felt incredibly cared for.
Don’t Harm Others
This is sort of the same thing as above, but it’s not. Abuse goes far beyond being unkind. I think we can all agree that sexual violation is not something anyone should have to endure.
Trying to get out of my bubble today, I read some articles in the National Review, a publication I don’t generally read. One, in particular, stood out. Covering the march, journalist David Edesnik said:
“The legions of Christian conservatives who opposed Trump in the Republican primary might well have been prepared to march for women’s dignity and against sexual harassment.”
He went on to talk about how pro-life/anti-choice women were not welcome at the march. I won’t comment further on this controversy, which you can read about here and also here. I will say that this was obviously not a place for women on the left and right to link arms; it was an event organized by progressives for progressives. It was a protest against Donald Trump.
But maybe there’s still hope for us. I hope we will have other opportunities to march for “women’s dignity and against sexual harassment.” To fight for what we all believe in.