Mothers’ Power in U.S. Protests Echoes a Global Tradition


Credit…Mason Trinca for The New York Times

Amanda Taub


When mothers take to the streets — particularly those from privileged groups — governments take note. The “wall of moms” in Portland has taken up the cause against police violence.

Wearing matching shades of white or yellow, the women of the “Wall of Moms” in Portland, Ore., have become instant icons of the city’s protests, though the mothers nightly gatherings only began last Saturday and the city’s protests have been going on for more than a month.

They join a long line of mothers’ protests against state violence and what they view as authoritarianism around the world, including in South Africa, Sri Lanka, Argentina and Armenia, which have shown that mothers can be particularly effective advocates for a cause — but also that there is a catch.

History suggests that mothers’ power is most potent when they are able to wield their own respectability, and the protections it brings, as a political cudgel. But that is easiest for women who are already privileged: married, affluent, and members of the dominant racial or ethnic group.

Mothers who are less privileged often struggle to claim that power, even though they are often the ones who most urgently need it […]

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via Mothers’ Power in U.S. Protests Echoes a Global Tradition ~ NYT — The Rōbert [Cholo] Report (pron: Rō’bear Re’por)

4 thoughts on “Mothers’ Power in U.S. Protests Echoes a Global Tradition

  1. A bunch of fakers pretending to be mothers. Where are their children? Probably scared to come around because they have warrants out for their arrest. Mothers would not be rioting like these criminals.


      • No disappointment here. Well maybe that he hasn’t unleashed the full might of the federal government on the states and localities that are in rebellion. But heck, that’s just me. I’m sure you think that Orange Man Bad for telling the duly elected officials that they should be protecting the citizens they are responsible for instead of hamstringing the local law enforcement. I do really hope you live in one of the areas in rebellion so that you can fully benefit from a lack of law enforcement.


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