Over 1 in 100 people in the United States took to the streets on Saturday, January 21st, for the women's march in protest of the election of now President Donald J. Trump. These protests were joined by y number of sister protests around the world, sending a resounding message of defiance to the President, who has wasted no time in giving his political opponents things to defy.
There was lots to criticize about the protests, chief among which were pointed questions for the movement newcomers presumed to fill the ranks of the protest. Many expressed these criticisms, importantly working class trans and cis women of color. But these critics themselves came under fire, notably from Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation”. They accepted many of the criticisms of the women's march on their merits, as well as the value and justifiability of political anger, but stressed that some of these criticisms (or their time and place) worked counter to the goal of building a mass movement, and should be delivered in some other way than they apparently were.