Women's March organizers cancel event over concerns of participants being 'overwhelmingly white'

Women’s March organizers cancel event over concerns of participants being ‘overwhelmingly white’

Women’s March Organizers have canceled a rally that was planned for Northern California next month, saying they were concerned that the participants would have been “overwhelmingly white.”

In an official news release, Women’s March organizers in Eureka – about 270 miles north of San Francisco – said on Friday that the “decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march.”

“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” the news release said.

According to a July Census Bureau data from Humboldt County, where Eureka is the county seat, it is 74 percent non-Hispanic white.

“I was appalled to be honest,” Amy Sawyer Long told the Washington Times. “I understand wanting a diverse group. However, we live in a predominantly white area … not to mention how is it beneficial to cancel? No matter the race people still want their voices heard.”

The planned Jan. 19 rally would have commemorated the third anniversary of the original #WomensMarch, which was held on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump took office.

The organization said it is exploring shifting the rally to March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The Women’s March movement has been marred by complaints from some black and Latina women, who’ve raised concerns that their input is often disregarded or overlooked, the New York Times reported.

The cancellation of the march in California follows a previous one in Chicago.

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