To the Editor:
On Jan. 20 various media outlets covered “Women’s Marches” around the world. I myself attended the rally, to document what the media wasn’t showing and to see what I felt was the truth after seeing CBS, WGN and Univision cameramen there.
In my opinion this was an anti-Trump rally annotated by signs with profanity on them so vulgar that I doubt this paper would even print them. Judging from the pro-choice signs it was apparent that pro-life Christian women were not welcomed and it was hypocritical to see iconic flags depicting Linda Sarsour (who is also alleged to have ignored sexual harassment complaints within her own organization), sporting an Islamic hijab made out of an American flag while ignoring the plight of Iranian women who are trying ditch that oppressive garment. I also observed BLM signs in the crowd while Chicago police protected their First Amendment rights to protest. Other young females carried obscene signs of reproductive organs, yet not one of these pretentious militants spoke for the young military women who suffer uterine and bladder injuries from tight military uniform belts in Communist North Korea parades.
Men, women and youth taunted President Trump in the march for denying global warming and ignoring the planet, yet I have images of their heaping trash with their protestor signs near trash cans. I’ll admit that the garbage cans were locked for security reasons; but, I would remind readers that other patriotic group hosts always policed public the areas where they picketed, picked up the trash and bagged it.
The scene was also a breeding ground for the next generation of nationalists as I watched young children drabbed in the pink hats used to symbolize that part of the female anatomy as a symbol of “power”. Watching these innocent children reminded me of the infamous photo of a toddler cloaked in a white pointy robe photo by Todd Robertson in a 1992 Gainesville Times story. And while there was no mention of the honor killings of young women in India or the acid attacks on Muslim women, there was at least one moment of hope as I watched a woman hide her expletive sign in apparent shame after she noticed me with the camera. Alas my takeaway was not to believe anything I hear in the news and to only believe half of what I see on TV news.