Voice

The prompt was “Voice” and so I am joining mine to fight for justice for all women. In the media, feminists and those who regularly stand for social justice are stereotyped as white women fighting for white women.

I reject the Lena Dunhams and Amy Schumers of the feminist movement. White feminism needs to go.

I am not perfect. I am not the strongest ally. I can’t be because I am white-passing and I don’t face the struggles that so many of my WOC friends face every. single. day. But I can try to empathize, I can prioritize understanding their issues. I join my voice under theirs, but with theirs.

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She stood on the pulpit, megaphone in hand. She stood for black women, dying in private prisons in red states and being mocked for reading comics in blue states. She stood for native women, being shot at routine traffic stops when they dared travel outside tribal lands. She stood for Latina and Asian women, being reduced to sexual fantasy and quota fulfillment.
She stood because she could. She stood to lend her voices to the millions of others demanding justice for the slaughter of so many lives, hopes, and dreams. She stands to silence the indoctrination that still lives on.
© 2016 H.R. Stephens
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