‘White privilege’ threatens to upend upcoming Women’s March on Washington

Victor Skinner, EAGNEWS.org

WASINGTON, D.C. – The intense focus on “white privilege” that has permeated public schools and college campuses across the country is now fracturing the supposed solidarity among women on the far left.

The evidence of the emerging fault line surfaced most recently in a Monday New York Times article about a progressive Women’s March scheduled at the Capitol for the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing in ceremony next week.

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It centers in part on Jennifer Willis, a white wedding minister in South Carolina who had been looking forward to attending the event with her daughters until 27-year-old Brooklyn blogger ShiShi Rose chastised white liberal women across the country, many of whom viewed themselves as allies in a quest for a more racially harmonious America.

In a recent self-righteous Instagram post titled “White Allies Read Below,” Rose opted to alienate millions of white women who identify with the supposed plight of blacks suffering from unbearable “white privilege,” a concept that’s accepted by many of them as an important cultural problem in the U.S.

“For some people, their outlook of this country deeply changed on November 9th. For the rest of us, this is how it has always looked,” Rose wrote. “I want to remind you that that is a privilege.

“It’s a privilege that white supremacy wasn’t at the forefront of your reality, because you benefit from it.”

She continued:

I want to remind you that no ally ever got very far, in any movement, without acknowledgement of their own privilege daily. You do not just get to join the efforts that people of color have been working for their entire lives to both teach and survive, without doing work, too. You don’t just get to join because now you’re scared, too. I was born scared.

Now is the time for you to be listening more, talking less, spend time observing, taking in media and art created by people of color, researching, and unlearning the things you have been taught about this country. You should be reading our books and understanding the roots of racism and white supremacy. Listening to our speeches. You should be drowning yourselves in our poetry. Now is the time that you should be exposed to more than just the horrors of this country, but also the beauty that has always existed within communities of color. Beauty that was covered over because the need to see white faces depicted was more important.

Now is the time to teach your children, to call out your family, to finally speak up. You have been silent for long enough. Now is the time to realize that you should have joined us sooner. But since you’re here now, it’s time to get to work.

Willis told the Times Rose’s comments convinced her to cancel her plans to attend the Women’s March. And similar fractions among progressive women in other states and online are producing the same result.