— The Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) October 17, 2013
This is not okay.
Thousands – THOUSANDS – of Texans worked together this summer to create the moment when Davis was even able to filibuster. And then when the Texas GOP shut her filibuster down, thousands of Texans literally used their voices to stop SB5 from passing.
I wrote a piece at Feministing the week of the “citizens’ filibuster” to highlight all of the Texans I stood along side in the weeks previous to that night and on that night (and, as it turned out, for weeks after that).
When Ted Cruz held his not-a-filibuster filibuster a few weeks ago, there was a lot of right-wing complaining about why the media wasn’t covering Cruz’s not-filibuster in the same way that the media covered Davis’. Forget that Davis was actually filibustering, forget that Davis was doing something amazingly progressive in a deeply red state and with an incredibly hostile party controlling the terms of the filibuster, forget that the media didn’t actually pay any attention to her the night of the filibuster and only cared the next day after they learned of the her heroics and the way the night ended, and forget that Davis was addressing an issue (the conservative fight to end access to abortion across the US) that, had Davis ultimately succeeded, would have made people’s lives better and not worse. Forget all of that.
The HUGE difference between Davis and Cruz that I want to draw attention to in this post: the support in person of citizens at the capitol in which they stood and talked. Davis had THOUSANDS of constituents who showed up to support her. Cruz barely had any support inside the chamber, forget outside of it.
If you are going to tell the story of any one person involved in this summer’s protests at the Texas state capitol – even if that person is Wendy Davis – you need to talk about how it was NOT an army of one (and, for the record, Davis is VERY clear about this whenever she talks about this summer). That erases so many people, erases so much hard work, erases so much collaboration, erases so much truth, and destroys the reality of those seven weeks that launched Davis into the political stratosphere. The beauty, the wonder, and the joy of this summer was being part of something huge, of being part of something that involved so many other people.
Please, don’t erase that.