Polarized is a weekly column that focuses on snapshots, present and past. Think photo essay, or maybe polaroids on the fridge. Betsy Aimee will take over next week, but for now, here’s a little preview. –Sarah
As the women’s march in Washington D.C. approaches, and all the other women and people’s marches pop up across the country, I think of a friend saying to me, with tears in her eyes, “In twenty years, people will ask: where were you during the women’s march?” This is a transitional time in our American history. In the coming weeks, our media feeds will be filled with pictures of people marching, and I look so forward to those moments. In the meantime, I’ve been pondering not only the question of where were you when, but also, what do we tell our children?
Will we be able to say we stood up together, side by side?
Image from page 415 of “Women of all nations, a record of their characteristics, habits, manners, customs and influence;” (1908)
Will we be able to say we looked in the face of despair, and kept going?
Dorothea Lange photographer Farm Security Administration, Library of Congress, reference: 8b2952
Will we be able to say we held each other, knowing that our only way through is peace and hope?
Man, Woman and Child, Vigeland, Kay Adams