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A Pink Pu**y Hat Was Placed On A Statue Of Harriet Tubman, Black Twitter Asks 'What Are You Doing?'

The reactions to Tubman's statue show that we still have work to do to in the fight for black women's equality.

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On the surface, the Women's March appears to be an all-inclusive resistance movement that has women of color's interest at heart. But for some, there are some questions that need to be answered. 

This Saturday as cities across America shook with the millions of women and allies marching against President Trump's administration, a pink pu**y hat was discovered on top of a Harriet Tubman statue in New York. It is not yet proven a white protester put the hat there, but Twitter believes it is likely.

The image circulated on Twitter while photos and videos from the Women's March flooded people's timelines. It was a bit jarring for users who didn't know why someone would do this. Others, who believed a white protester put the hat there, were outraged by its placement. 

Many who are outraged say their anger stems from their belief that it was a performative act of solidarity  from a white female protestor who could be implying that black liberation is synonymous with the fight to be treated better by the patriarchy. Tubman's legacy as a freedom fighter followed a different mission.

Twitter user Durags & Dialectics illustrates this point perfectly in this thread. 


Ultimately, there have always been concerns that demands for women's equality do not center black women and reactions to Tubman's statue on Saturday show this.

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