No Pink Wooly Caps for Me

… on women’s marches in Washington DC, San Francisco, worldwide – Published on Dissident, by Barbara MacLean, Feb 7, 2017.

… I was struck by one thing. Whiteness. The marchers were predominantly white – even in places like Nairobi. Not only were they white, they looked like they were upper middle class – able to afford the finest warm clothes and designer outfits, down jackets, sporting iPhones to record themselves. When interviewed they appeared to be educated and articulate. All of this raised alarm bells in me. Even before the march I had reservations. Why, I wondered, did the organizers change the date from the day of the inauguration to the day after the inauguration? Why did they quickly back off from their acknowledged protest against Trump to a vague “support for rights”? Why was there suddenly no mention of Trump anywhere in their materials and postings – only a vague reference to “the new government? In fact, I read an interview with one of the organizers who specifically said, “This is not an anti-Trump march”. In reality, it seemed to be exactly that. So why did they not want to admit that?

What is their goal? … //

… Whose march was this? … //
… Who supported the march? … //

… All of these people are strong, vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party … //

… Who funded the march? … //
… The cops are NOT our friends: … //
… Qualification: … //
… Why not name the system? … //
… Making demands is for those who accept their subservience: … //
… I’ll march for a socialist transition program: … //

… So, no, I won’t be marching with a pink, wooly cap. I’ve been through with New Left single-issue identity politics for many years. Why would I want to march with them? I will be marching with a broom, a shovel and a hammer when a socialist organization steps up with a socialist transition program.

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(Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay and as a career counselor and manager of the downtown Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a socialist feminist. She is a founder and organizer for Planning Beyond Capitalism. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter. Email her at Read other articles by Barbara, visit Barbara’s website: Planning Beyond; – /Who We Are; /Allies);

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