Last month, The Wife, Toddler Spawn and I packed a bag and headed out with two sets of our neighbors to the Women’s March in LA. It took over two hours for us to catch a train from North Hollywood to Downtown LA, but we made it. We lost sight of our neighbors and friends in the process but we got there!
We went to march for our kid and all her buddies and their futures. (We’re going to die in like 50 years so… yeah. We have an obligation to the next generation and the one after that.) We went to the march to show that we were not happy about where things were going with our new government. We went to the march because we had the privilege and the right to do so. We went to the march because some people couldn’t. We went to the march because we’re American.
You could feel the energy. Everyone was in it together, walking together. In our case, we walked a little and then we got stuck. There were so many people in the area that the March turned into a parking lot. So LA!
There were young people, older people, babies, small children, teenagers, families. What a sight. I knew many friends with young children who were already there or headed there.
I did see marchers who were of Asian descent. But let me tell ya, I expected a larger presence out of the estimated 750,000 people who were there. After all, we are a blue city and we have a humungous Asian community in LA.
I get it. Some of you may have had things to do. Some wanted to sleep in. Some voted for that guy. Some didn’t want to make waves.
The thing about protests and voting and running for office… and even blogging… is that if you don’t show up, you don’t get your say. America gives its citizens the right to speak up. You can speak up through a public protest like this March. You can quietly donate to the cause. You can vote.
But the main thing is:
You have to show up.
You have to actually do what needs to be done.
That pie we are all trying to share? 1. We just need to make a bigger pie. 2. You have to show up to get a piece.
This was my way of being a model minority. I exercised my right to peacefully assemble and exercise free speech.
I don’t represent all Asian Americans. But I will represent.