EUREKA, Calif. — Humboldt County organizers of the annual Women’s March have decided not to hold a rally in Eureka on Jan. 19 because participants exactly match the diversity of the area.
“Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white,” said the press release announcing the cancellation. “We were shocked and appalled to find out that white women in our movement exactly matched the percentage of white women in our community.”
According to the Census Bureau, the population of Humboldt County is 74% White, 11% Hispanic, and 1% Black. Just over 97% of county residents are citizens.
“It’s bad enough that our participants exactly match the county’s racial demographics,” said the organizers, “but even worse, the number of American citizens in our local organization matches the number of U.S. citizens in Humboldt County at large.”
“We hate white women in general, and white American women most of all, so it would be racist and nationalist to allow the march as planned,” said the press release.
The group said it will organize around International Women’s Day in March 2019 instead, and explore the possibility of importing more foreign black women by ship to improve diversity.
“The Humboldt Bay Harbor is a deepwater port and a designated Foreign Trade Zone, giving us a unique opportunity to ship more black women into the county from foreign ports,” said the press release.
Instead of attending the Women’s March, the Eureka organizing committee encourages its overwhelmingly white female supporters to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in Eureka on Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.