[guest post by Dana]
I’m annoyed, and maybe it’s just me, but when a few media-savvy grandstanding members of Congress protesting outside of the Supreme Court know that reporters are abuzz with anticipation for that momemnt to happen and thus pretend to be handcuffed as they are marched off by the Capitol Police, it’s not just a cringe-worthy performance, it’s one that reeks of unabashed privilege. They know that the $50 fine will not be a hardship, and they also know that the moment will be remembered, not just by the police officers who asked for a photo with the arrested officials, and not just on Twitter, that go-to medium for Important Events. These women, with their millions of social media followers, know that they will be glamorized by media outlets, cheered on by their supporters, and finally, will bask in the effusive mutual praise of fellow Congresswomen who sacrificed so much today. These martyrs for the cause, these noble women, these warriors. Yet all the while, when everyday brown and black women who are not members of such an elite group protest (you name the issue), they will not be accorded the favored treatment and outcome. So just stop the performative bullshit already. Up your game, ladies. You’re embarrassing yourselves.
Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow Members of Congress outside the Supreme Court.
I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about the assault on our reproductive rights! ✊🏽pic.twitter.com/rpFYOGBDf4
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 19, 2022
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 19, 2022