California Women’s March Canceled Over Fears It Would Be ‘Overwhelmingly White’

A Women’s March group in California has canceled an upcoming rally due to concerns the attendees would be “overwhelmingly white,” according to a Sunday report from The Washington Post. The organizers of the 2019 Eureka Women’s March, which does not appear to be an official member of the national organization, explained the decision in a Facebook statement to cancel their Jan. 19 rally. “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community,” the group said, adding that “instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach.” The event would have taken place in Humboldt County, the Post notes, which is about 74 percent white. This is far from the first time Women’s March organizers have faced backlash over inclusivity: From the outset, the March was criticized for failing to highlight the voices of minority women. And as The Daily Beast previously reported, the national organization began to crumble after some of the group’s leaders reportedly refused to distance themselves from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic rhetoric.