In what some are calling, myself included, one of the most incredibly tone-deaf moves ever, the organizers of the Women’s March have invited Bernie Sanders to be their keynote speaker on the first night of their three-day convention in Detroit that starts on October 27th. Rather than a woman, they chose a white male to address the thousands of women that were supposed to be in attendance. How and why they made that choice has left many questioning their motives and their politics since that white male is Bernie Sanders.

This is the first “women’s” convention in 40 years and in a place of honor they put a man. A white man. A man that millions of women didn’t vote for and had a huge problem with. This choice is a political one and many of us who didn’t vote for Bernie and who are interested in moving on see this as a big f**k you.  For those of us who aren’t millennials and who still live and breath and plan to be around for the next twenty to thirty years much of the response has been downright insulting.  One of the organizers, Piper M. Carter posted the following on Feminism on Facebook,

Sen. Sanders has done an amazing job of empowering millennials and creating a space where so many youth and adults feel welcomed. In many ways, his views and policies speak to the future and what the next generation is seeking from a political leader.
The issues that we as a nation are dealing with go beyond electoral politics so having a high number of elected officials has never been our focus. We want to influence policy, which is why we have created panels and workshops that are issue focused and geared towards activists and organizers.

My response was to suggest that the organization showed a complete and utter lack of understanding of the depth and breadth of the constituency they claim to represent. The choice of Bernie demonstrates a political will that has no place in this convention. Women of all ages need female voices to look up to and be inspired by. This isn’t just about twenty-year-olds.

The choice of Bernie was a political calculation that backfired.

Whether it was Linda Sarsour who was a Bernie backer and is a founder of the Women’s March or Nina Turner who influenced this poor decision the backlash has been overwhelming.  A petition has been started to remove him. Twitter is aflame. Even many who supported Bernie in the primary are questioning the logic and reasoning behind such a horrific choice.

After all that women are going through at the hands of the Republicans and Donald Trump, after all of the news that daily reminds us of how women suffer at the hands of men, and so often at the hands of white men to make this choice means only one thing – these women and one man, the organizers- are interested in one thing only – a big f**k you to Hillary Clinton and the women that supported her. – And if I am wrong then give me one good reason why with all of the magnificent powerful women out there you chose a 74-year-old white man.

-Jan Harrison

 

21 COMMENTS

  1. I was there at the Women’s March with my daughter & granddaughter, I felt it was one of the most important events of my lifetime I had the pleasure of attending in solidarity with women from all over and to be joined with my girls, its made these past months almost tolerable.
    In hearing the news of Bernie Sanders being the guest speaker it literally broke my spirit and confidence in what the foundation and hopes for the future of our daughters are. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? Furthermore, Bernie didn’t help in our cause!!! I hold him as part of the problem in underminding the election as a whole. I’m grief-stricken and shocked by this and have decided to abandon any hopes of attending.
    Sincerely, get a real
    Susan Young Baker

  2. THANK YOU BRAVO…excellently stated. I am piss…the average millennial can’t do a d thing for themselves but wine and be selfrighteous. They have a better life bcuz of the female trail blazers who endured b4 them. Too invite BS to this convention is slapping real WOMEN in the face and stepping on the graves of those who have passed on. BS needs to get off the srage bcuz he is NEVER going to be President and NINA TURNER needs to go to hell.

  3. The idea that a man can’t be the keynote speaker at a women’s conference is no less knee-jerk and sexist a response than the idea that a woman shouldn’t be a key speaker in front of a group of men.

    Maybe they invited Bernie Sanders because he’s *the MOST popular politician, let alone Democrat** in the entire country? Maybe because he’s shown a clear path to the future of a successful Democratic party? Stop hating and get out of the way if you can’t lend a hand.

    • Are you a republican??? Bernie is NOT POPULAR!!! Traitor bernie is NOT A DEMOCRAT and has helped put trump in our White House and continues to be a narcissist like trump who wants to destroy us and build himself up!!!!

    • WHAT PART OF “BERNIE SANDERS IS NOT A DEMOCRAT” DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? HE AND HIS ORGANIZATION ARE TRYING TO HI-JACK THE DEMOCRAT PARTY! WE ALLOW HIM . YES “ALLOW” HIM TO RUN AS A DEMOCRAT AND IN RETURN WE GET ATTACK AFTER ATTACK! WHEN ASKED TO SHARE HIS EMAIL LIST TO HELP THE DNC BECOME A MORE “GRASS ROOTS” PARTY HE SAID “NO”! BUT HE SHARED IT WITH “OUR REVOLUTION”! THE MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IS HILLARY CLINTON BASED ON VOTES CAST AND NOT SOME POLL!

  4. At some point, we have to get beyond “If it doesn’t have ovaries or a cervix, it’s not valid”-leaning thinking. Don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal and, more importantly, welcome ways to join forces with any and all who can further empower the powerless.

  5. We have to get beyond the “If it doesn’t have ovaries or a cervix, nothing it says or does is valid”- thinking. Don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal and, more importantly, find ways to join forces with any and all who can further empower the powerless.

  6. To invite Bernie to keynote is SO disempowering to every woman who might have attended.

    We need to move forward! And Bernie is not the ticket. He is the past. And he is a divisive politician. His fans are still bitterly rehashing the last election.

    We need to do better than our national stage does: anybody but an old white man to keynote.
    While all these men in the current Washington power grab are making decisions that affect every woman’s life, let’s have ONE prominent stage show the nation what we women offer for leadership.

  7. Women’s March for what? Not caring about women’s rights in countries where they don’t have rights?

    Linda sarsour, an isis and sharia law supporter is your cofounder.

    So much ignorance.

  8. If this event is for women to go forward, why invite an old white man to be the keynote speaker? Can’t they (coordinator/s) find any distinguished woman, or some women to speak for the women’s causes?

  9. He wrote “A woman fantasies being raped by 3 men while making love” He literally wrote porn at the age of 30 years old!!!
    Listen if he is up there, the Hillary should be too!!

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