Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.
– Johnny Cash, from “Man in Black“
Inauguration in Black
What should you wear to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017? It’s pretty simple. Wear black, and I mean all black – black underwear, black t-shirt, black pants, black belt, black shirt, black tie, black socks, black shoes, black coat (raincoat with a hood if you live in Seattle), black accessories, and if you hair is not black – consider dying it black.
The Color of Mourning
Why wear black to protest? Black is what people wear when they are mourning, so wear it to mourn the loss of a truly sophisticated, graceful, and intelligent President Barack Obama and the inauguration of a truly brutish, immature, and foolish President Donald Trump.
Wear it to mourn the loss of democracy as we knew it. Wear it to protest the man who won the Electoral College vote but lost the popular vote by 2,900,000 votes. Wear it to protest the Republican control of the Senate even though tens of millions more people voted for Democratic senators. Wear it to protest the Republican control of the House, because it gained control through gerrymandered districts instead of the support of a majority of voters.
Inauguration Day Protests
There will be many protests in many cities across the country this Friday, so take your black-clad body out into the streets and join the protests if you can. And think about expanding your wardrobe of black clothing, because there are going to be a lot more reasons to protest in the near future.
And for those of you who think disruptive protests are wrong, well get used to them because The Resistance begins Friday, and the movement will continue on for at least the next four years.