Letter from BCDW Chair, Kim Jorgensen Gane:
The Senate of the United States of America on Saturday voted to uphold “white supremacy and patriarchy over the rights of women in this country” (Credit: Anushay Hossain, Sunday on AM Joy), when it confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Despite Kavanaugh perjuring himself repeatedly, despite his blatant display of partisan ideology, and despite his unhinged performance lacking even a sliver of temperament becoming a member of the judiciary. We’ve heard the dog whistles (beer, beer, beer) designed to incite men and complicit women to bully survivors to keep us silent; the permission for boys to be boys (Trump’s dog whistle at his Mississippi rally where he mocked Christine Blasey Ford and called to moms to think of their sons, repeating, “Mom: What do I do?”), to drink all they want. To take what they are “entitled” to. To simply deny loudly and vehemently, and *poof* it never happened. To simply erase the Christine Blasey Fords and the Emily Does of the world. It was only “20 minutes of action,” afterall.
Trump has whipped up men in this country to put the women in their lives—their wives, mothers, daughters, sisters; the women they love and who love them—in their places before we get any more radical ideas about being equal. Too. Late.
Women are not the enemy. We are the answer. And the men in our lives who believe that we are their equals amplifying our voices and standing with us is the answer. What we must do now is channel the fight and the passion protesters brought outside senate chambers for the last few weeks, and particularly on Friday and Saturday. We need to bring that energy into our homes and workplaces and local courthouses and governments.
Most importantly we need to build coalitions with all communities fighting for equality. But that can’t happen until white women “collect our cousins,” take actions, and VOTE as a body that wants true liberty and equality and opportunity for all the daughters and sons and human beings who don’t identify as girls or boys in this country, no matter their skin color, religion, ability, immigration status or sexuality. No matter their socioeconomic status or their geography.
We must vote democratic women and good democratic men and humans who believe in every woman's, every person's equality into office. We must be even more determined to claw our way to equal presence--equal representation--in every room where anything happens. And when we get there, thanks to our privilege, we must amplify the voices of women of color. We must not only stand with black women, we must follow black women who’ve been scratching, clawing, holding up signs and fists and shouting their way--risking their lives and their livelihoods and their freedom--into hallways outside the rooms where it happens and then into the rooms for centuries. In other words, we must be willing to wear our anger and our truths out loud. This is that moment. If you aren’t comfortable with that, then this is no longer your fight.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” —Audre Lorde