PC eats itself: California Women’s March canceled over fears it would be ‘overwhelmingly white’
The event, scheduled for January 19 in Eureka, was canceled after “many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march,” according to a Facebook post from Beth Ann Wylie, one of the organizers.
Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach.
“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” Wylie wrote.
Critics reminded the group that Humboldt County, where Eureka is located, is over 74 percent non-Hispanic white – not exactly a bastion of diversity. But they appear to be optimistic that they can get more diverse in a month or two, claiming to be planning a March event to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The #WomensMarch is not cancelled because of "too many white women."— Eric Owens (@ericowensdc) December 30, 2018
It's cancelled because funding sources have completely dried up. Bizarrely, the organizers have decided to go out save face by blaming white women.
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The announcement sparked conspiracy theories and plenty of backlash on Twitter.
HALF THE POPULATION and their supporters don't count due to #WomensMarch#racism!— Lenny Cohen (@feedbaylenny) December 29, 2018
"The Northern California community of about 137,000, located near the Oregon border, is predominantly white."
So much for true #equality and spreading the main message! https://t.co/OGBC5SmF1o
California Women's March Organizers Cancel Event for Being Too White— 🕯Rising Rose🌹 (@RisingRose71) December 29, 2018
You hear that white women? Your voice isn’t good enough for these lefties!! Kinda ironic, huh? #TheRainMakers#WomensMarch#Trump2020https://t.co/IeLUga15OF
The Women’s March has been plagued with internal discord in its third year. A Chicago rally was called off last week, citing the high costs of organizing the event, though the regional organization has also been fraught with controversy stemming from leaders’ links to the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan. One of the Women’s March founders, Teresa Shook, has called for the resignation of her co-chairs, claiming they have allowed “anti-Semitism, anti-LGBTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.” Shook is white; co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour are not. Oops!
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