Letter: You can smell your condescension

Editor,

Protest has been a part of the fabric of America since American colonists shared “their own personal point of view” by telling King George where he could stick his tea. Protests have been responsible for: workplace safety; anti-child-labor laws; women’s right to vote; use of birth control and to obtain their own credit; civil rights; funding for AIDS research and education; and LGBTQ rights, etc.

When the voice of one might get lost, the voices of many, raised in unison, move mountains.

Mr. (Terry) Anker, you can smell your condescension in your disparaging tone, as you describe a participant in the march in terms of her appearance rather than her substance. A woman of means shouldn’t care about what happens to others outside her social circle or economic stratum? You can hear it in your tone, as you belittle the causes important to the women (and men) who marched.

We march to encourage and support more women and minorities to run for office. We are ensuring that our daughters and granddaughters are not fighting the same fights in another 100 years. We are showing politicians that the status quo is not acceptable; we will be holding them accountable for representing the needs of all their constituents. We remind Mr. Trump that a mere 25 percent of voters elected him; he needs to work with us and not against us.

We are made up of men and women from all political parties, ages, ethnicities, religions, education levels, sexual orientations and economic backgrounds. All are welcome to take this journey with us. We are marching forward, to 2018 and beyond.

Shannon Fowler

Cicero

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