Women’s March organizers have issued an apology via Twitter after soliciting donations from supporters that some took as a reference to Christopher Columbus, who has become a polarizing historical figure on the left.
In particular, the organization apologized for a fundraising email asking supporters to donate $14.92 to the group.
The amount was contained in the email subject line and the body of the message read, “We have an important favor to ask.”
The year 1492 is when Italian explorer Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered America; the date still appears to trigger some on the left to an extent that the Women’s March took to Twitter to apologize shortly after sending the email.
“We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving,” the group tweeted.
We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $14.92 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to a year of colonization, conquest, and genocide for Indigenous people, especially before Thanksgiving.
— Women’s March (@womensmarch) November 23, 2021
The group’s aim “is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events.”
The organization also says that it “is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”
Several users ripped and mocked the organization for the apology.
“We apologize deeply for the email that was sent today. $6.66 was our average donation amount this week. It was an oversight on our part to not make the connection to the Devil himself, especially before the non-denominational holiday season.”
— Max (@aoxamaxoa) November 23, 2021
You tweeted this apology at 2:33 PM. Did you make the connection to the various conquests that occurred in the year 233? Didn’t think so. Delete and try again.
— Nick Pappas (@NickAPappas) November 23, 2021
Get back in the kitchen, the real world is clearly too much for you.
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) November 23, 2021
Too often I’m like “is the cesspool of twitter even worth it?” then something like this pops up in my feed to remind me why I’m on this godforsaken platform. Thank you for the laugh.
— Humble Baker (@BakeDangerfield) November 23, 2021
Best parody tweet of 2021
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) November 24, 2021
Now I feel awful about that £16.66 I donated to the London fire service
— Metalmike (@ReturnoftheSK) November 23, 2021
I looked at this tweet at the perfect moment pic.twitter.com/LjANcB0eHV
— Illuminati-Chan~ (@TriangleCyclops) November 24, 2021
Okay for real who thought a “14.92” pledge was a good number to suggest from a group that has already been called tone deaf when it comes to racial issues. Are we commemorating conquest of stolen land?
— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) November 23, 2021
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