No one person makes a picket line, but by showing up, I can take its number from 37 to 38 or from 999 to 1000. No one voice creates a roar, but by chanting, I can amplify the volume. My value to the line is in being the body that walks behind the person in front of me and in front of the person behind me. My value is in being present and unremarked upon, a part of a broader whole.
I’d like to see white feminists and feminists with other forms of privilege apply this principle to our collective feminism: to think about how you can amplify the voices of women of color without drawing attention to yourselves. Don’t silence yourselves, or remove yourselves. That will only weaken all of us. Instead, figure out ways to share your resources with other women who possess less. Step back and help others to step forward. Raise your voices at full volume in response to women of color’s calls.