“Fears are paper tigers.” — Amelia Earhart
Misogyny. Racism. Anti-immigration. The list goes on. Day in and day out, brothers and sisters peel back the sheets lining the comfort of their beds, and step into a frying pan of the daily discomfort, microaggressions, and inequality that plague a large portion of the public today. On January 21st, roughly 3.2 million people worldwide took a stand, refusing to buckle under the burdens of eyes refusing to see their pain. Instead, they forced themselves to be seen.
Our sisters flood the streets with signs exercising their right to freedom of speech. They join forces with friends, colleagues, even strangers. Yet, we still must acknowledge that even within this march, strives need to be made to promote inclusivity. Rights for not solely cis-women, but trans-women as well.
Refraining from giving side-eyes to those holding signs of anti-immigration, and instead recognizing that intersectionality is key and the necessary glue that connects communities, allowing them to grow and foster. A house divided will only fall into shattered glass spilling onto the rubble of a movement that could have been great. I do not want us to be divided. Instead, I am so proud of the sisters working in our communities working to educate their peers by stressing that one march is not enough.One moment in the spotlight is not enough for change. The work in the shadows pushes our movement forward. Our sisters are making a difference. Will you?
Djenne Dickens, Yemaya Chapter
Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Incorporated