The feminist group, which appeared in 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, was ridiculed on social media for using the figure in an appeal for donations
Women’s March, a radical feminist group, has apologized for spending $ 14.92 on an email because of its connection to Christopher Columbus and “colonization”.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the American group said: “We deeply apologize for the email sent today. $ 14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part not to make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest. and genocide for indigenous peoples, especially before Thanksgiving. ”
But the group, which appeared in 2017 to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, was widely ridiculed on Twitter for linking the figure to the date Columbus reached America.
Several people, including the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz and former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, suggested that the figure should be $ 17.76 – the date of the US declaration of independence.
“Let’s all record and raise the amount to $ 17.76. Then they’ll really lose their minds,” Fleischer tweeted.
Jordan Peterson, the Canadian author and psychologist, tweeted, “This is perhaps the most hypocritical virtue-signaling tweet I’ve ever seen. And it really says something.”
“The Women’s March is not a serious organization. If you can not see the amount of $ 14.92 without being triggered, seek help, “said Canadian YouTube blogger and commentator Lauren Chen.
But some people were outraged by the original March 14 email from Women’s asking for donations of $ 14.92.
“Okay really, who thought a ‘14.92’ promise was a good number to suggest from a group that has already been called tone deaf when it comes to racial issues. Do we remember the conquest of stolen land?” tweeted Robin Marty, chief operating officer of the West Alabama Women’s Center.
At a march in September, the group advised participants not to dress in “Handmaid’s Tale” clothes or bring clothes hangers – seen as symbols of a dystopian future and illegal abortions.
At the time, the Washington website reported that the group said coat hangers “reinforce the right’s discussion points that autonomous abortions are dangerous, frightening and harmful.” They added that “Handmaid’s Tale” ignored the fact that “Black women, undocumented women, imprisoned women, poor women and women with disabilities have always had their freedom of reproduction controlled in this country.”