Report from Louisiana: What Were They Protesting About?

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Report from Louisiana: What Were They Protesting About?

By: Pat Austin

SHREVE­PORT — As Don­ald Trump begins his first full weeks as Pres­i­dent of the United States, I’m going to step back and just watch; I want to see what he does. I’m not the least bit inter­ested in spec­u­la­tion or crit­i­ciz­ing him for things he hasn’t done yet. The Women’s March that hap­pened across the coun­try over the week­end hap­pened here in Shreve­port, too, with hun­dreds of peo­ple crowded around the cour­t­house down­town wav­ing Hillary signs and wear­ing pink caps. Okay. What­ever. I’m a woman — I don’t feel vio­lated or threat­ened or vic­tim­ized in any way. Per­haps I’ve missed the point of the protests, and that’s fine. I’ve been busy.

I’ve been on book dead­line (which is why my weekly post didn’t appear hear last week) and other aspects of daily life have kept me occu­pied this week — too much so to make a poster about vagi­nas and go stand around at the cour­t­house. I fully respect the rights of those who felt the need to do so to be able to do that; it’s just not my thing. I’ll protest other things, per­haps. I just missed the point of this one.

At any rate, one woman in the Shreve­port march was quoted as saying:

I think we’re just liv­ing in such a polit­i­cally can­tan­ker­ous world right now, and this isn’t a protest against one per­son,” par­tic­i­pant JayaM­c­Sharma said. “It’s just send­ing a clear mes­sage to the admin­is­tra­tion that just took over, this is what we’re about: equal­ity, peace, love and defend­ing peo­ple who are mar­gin­al­ized. If you agree with that, fan­tas­tic. If you don’t, we’re not going away.”

So…okay…you’re protest­ing about some­thing you think might hap­pen, but then again might not?

They marched in New Orleans, too:

The women said they were protest­ing against some of the com­ments made by Trump dur­ing his cam­paign, say­ing that wanted their voices to be heard.

That’s at least a lit­tle more clear, although I’m still not clear on which rights were lost by Trump’s election.

Another pro­tester in NOLA said:

We’re will­ing to come out and show our dis­plea­sure and to show that we’re not going to roll over and this admin­is­tra­tion is not going to be able to get away with any­thing they want.”

Well, that would be a dif­fer­ent approach as the Obama admin­is­tra­tion cer­tain seemed to be able to get away with any­thing it wanted.

As a woman, I’m cer­tainly all for stand­ing up for your rights, but I’m think­ing how much more could have been done in com­mu­ni­ties had all these peo­ple not been stand­ing in the streets dressed like vagi­nas and wav­ing Hillary posters.

But, they still have the right to protest so I guess there’s that.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — As Donald Trump begins his first full weeks as President of the United States, I’m going to step back and just watch; I want to see what he does. I’m not the least bit interested in speculation or criticizing him for things he hasn’t done yet. The Women’s March that happened across the country over the weekend happened here in Shreveport, too, with hundreds of people crowded around the courthouse downtown waving Hillary signs and wearing pink caps. Okay. Whatever. I’m a woman – I don’t feel violated or threatened or victimized in any way. Perhaps I’ve missed the point of the protests, and that’s fine. I’ve been busy.

I’ve been on book deadline (which is why my weekly post didn’t appear hear last week) and other aspects of daily life have kept me occupied this week – too much so to make a poster about vaginas and go stand around at the courthouse.  I fully respect the rights of those who felt the need to do so to be able to do that; it’s just not my thing. I’ll protest other things, perhaps. I just missed the point of this one.

At any rate, one woman in the Shreveport march was quoted as saying:

“I think we’re just living in such a politically cantankerous world right now, and this isn’t a protest against one person,” participant JayaMcSharma said. “It’s just sending a clear message to the administration that just took over, this is what we’re about: equality, peace, love and defending people who are marginalized. If you agree with that, fantastic. If you don’t, we’re not going away.”

So…okay…you’re protesting about something you think might happen, but then again might not?

They marched in New Orleans, too:

The women said they were protesting against some of the comments made by Trump during his campaign, saying that wanted their voices to be heard.

That’s at least a little more clear, although I’m still not clear on which rights were lost by Trump’s election.

Another protester in NOLA said:

“We’re willing to come out and show our displeasure and to show that we’re not going to roll over and this administration is not going to be able to get away with anything they want.”

Well, that would be a different approach as the Obama administration certain seemed to be able to get away with anything it wanted.

As a woman, I’m certainly all for standing up for your rights, but I’m thinking how much more could have been done in communities had all these people not been standing in the streets dressed like vaginas and waving Hillary posters.

But, they still have the right to protest so I guess there’s that.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.