Women’s group apologizes for using $14.92 — the year of colonization and genocide
The feminist group, which emerged in 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, was mocked on social media for using the figure in an appeal for donations
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Women’s March, a radical feminist group, has apologized for using $14.92 in an email because of the connection with Christopher Columbus and “colonization.”
In a tweet Tuesday, the U.S. group said, “We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving.”
But the group, which emerged in 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, was widely mocked on Twitter for linking the figure to the date Columbus reached America.
Several people, including Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, suggested the figure should be $17.76 — the date of the American Declaration of Independence.
“Let’s all chip in and and raise the amount to $17.76. Then they’ll really lose their minds,” tweeted Fleischer.
Jordan Peterson, the Canadian author and psychologist, tweeted, “This is perhaps the most hypocritical virtue-signalling tweet I have ever seen. And that is really saying something.”
This is perhaps the most hypocritical virtue-signaling tweet I have ever seen. And that is really saying something. https://t.co/Nl9OKmHD2p
“Okay for real who thought a “14.92” pledge was a good number to suggest from a group that has already been called tone deaf when it comes to racial issues. Are we commemorating conquest of stolen land?” tweeted Robin Marty, operations director for the West Alabama Women’s Center.
Okay for real who thought a “14.92” pledge was a good number to suggest from a group that has already been called tone deaf when it comes to racial issues. Are we commemorating conquest of stolen land?
At a march in September, the group advised attendees not to dress in “Handmaid’s Tale” outfits or bring coat hangers — seen as symbols of a dystopian future and illegal abortions.
At the time the Washingtonian website reported that the group said coat hangers “reinforce the right wing talking points that self-managed abortions are dangerous, scary and harmful.” They added that “Handmaid’s Tale” ignored the fact that “Black women, undocumented women, incarcerated women, poor women and disabled women have always had their reproduction freedom controlled in this country.”