BY HANK REICHMAN
On an inspiring and momentous day when “pussy” — and her millions of supporters — grabbed back, there were many creative and smart slogans to be seen. Indeed, one of the most exciting aspects of today’s women’s march, apparently everywhere, was how “bottom-up” it was — very few prefab signs; lots of hand-made ones. Many were funny — seemingly countless references to “tiny hands,” of course, but also this one that I saw in Oakland: “Ikea has better cabinets.” But for a retired history professor like me, this seemed to sum things up best:
But I encountered my favorite slogan of the day not on the march but in a post at the Black Perspectives blog by National Book Award-winner and University of Florida history professor Ibram Kendi, who will be the featured speaker at AAUP’s annual conference in June. Here it is:
“Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.”
Today’s turnout in Washington and cities and towns all over the U.S. (not to mention internationally) should and will inspire us, but it is critical to maintain today’s spirit on a daily basis, to believe that we can change our politics and even ourselves for the better. That, as Professor Kendi reminds us, was Dr. King’s message and it must be ours.
And now here are a few more messages that I saw at the march in Oakland, California, today: