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US women marching against oppression quote Tutu

By: stagedoorscribbler - January 22, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

It is the measure of the impact of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s messages of peace and reconciliation that they are quoted daily. You don’t have look very far to find those preaching love, peace and humanity borrowing the wise words of Desmond Tutu to make their point absolutely clear. 

And though the ongoing struggle for justice and equality may often seem to be uphill all the way, Tutu’s words almost always ring true and bring clarity to many a complex situation. Supporters of this weekend’s US Women's Marches used a classic Tutu statement to encourage hundreds of thousands of women marching for women rights, equality and freedom of choice. 

Quoting his famous comment that “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”, they urged even those who could not attend to do something to resist  the “racist, patriarchal society” and to carry their protest through 2018. 

Huge marches took place in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles and across the US with women protesting against the policies of US President Donald Trump and campaigning for more female candidates running for office,