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Organizers cancel Women's March event because participants are 'overwhelmingly white'

'I was appalled to be honest'

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Organizers for a Women's March that was slated to take place in northern California next month have canceled the event over fears that participants would be "overwhelmingly white."

What are the details?

In a press release, organizers for the march in Eureka — which is about 3 hours north of San Francisco — said they canceled the protest "after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march," when they discovered participants would not represent the diversity Women's March organizers seek to edify.

"Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community," the news release explained, according to KRCR-TV.

Indeed, as the Washington Times noted, three-fourths of Humboldt County, where Eureka is located, is non-Hispanic white, data from the Census Bureau shows.

The rally, planned for Jan. 19, would have commemorated the third anniversary of Women's March. The first march, held the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated, drew millions in hundreds of cities nationwide.

The cancellation comes at a time when Women's March national leadership is being heavily scrutinized for alleged antisemitic ties.

What was the reaction to the decision?

Many were not happy with the decision.

"I was appalled to be honest," Amy Sawyer Long told the Times. "I understand wanting a diverse group. However, we live in a predominantly white area … not to mention how is it beneficial to cancel? No matter the race people still want their voices heard."

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