Celebrities and civilians combine forces for the greater good. From Patrick Dempsey to Alicia Keys, everybody and their mother supports the Women's March on Washington. They want social change. Americans won't survive without it.
However, the movement's critics voice their concerns, too. In Tennessee, a businesswoman -- Elizabeth Poe -- advocates for a different cause. The Washington Post reports Poe said, "The vulgarity, vile and evilness of this movement is absolutely despicable. That kind of behavior is unacceptable and is not welcomed at The Joy of Knitting ... As the owner of this business and a Christian, I have a duty to my customers and my community to promote values of mutual respect, love, compassion, understanding, and integrity. The women's movement is counterproductive to unity of family, friends, community, and nation."
Believe it or not, she shares a common ground with the protesters and supporters. While she may not prefer their medium of communication, they want "respect, love, compassion, understanding, and integrity," also.
President Trump campaigned with racialism, heterosexism, xenophobia, and misogyny at the helm. He incited violent riots; he encouraged discord; he promoted hatred.
The Women's March on Washington is the definition of an inclusive community. No matter the race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status, people hold hands, wave signs, and stand tall together.
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So, what's Elizabeth Poe worried about?
Well, she doesn't discourage their efforts; she discourages their channel. The Tenn. shop owner explains to the Washington Post, "It isn't necessarily the movement [I] doesn't support ...but the method of protest." Their dress and words offend the Southerner.
She states, "I just think that walking around dressed as a vulva is gross. Hatred is not acceptable speech." She's correct: hate speech is never permissible, under any circumstance.
The marchers agree, too. With the current Commander-in-Chief also serving as the president of put-downs, the time to walk is now. Rather than close up shop, they take action.