On Everydays We Wear Pink

In class we discussed pretty briefly about Mob Rule and how it pertains to Abraham Lincoln’s reading. That really got me thinking as to do we have mob rule today and how effective is their course of action and does it benefit or harm society. For the purpose of this article, I am defining mob rule as “control of a political situation by those outside the conventional or lawful realm, typically involving violence and intimidation” thanks to the trusty dictionary. Now in the reading, it sheds light to how mob rule mostly pertains to the KKK and other white extremist and how the used violence and intimidation to oppress the black people. Truly in the reading, we realize how awful the situation was in that time frame.  I think the passage “His story is very short; and is, perhaps, the most highly tragic, if anything of its length, that has ever been witnessed in real life. A mulatto man, by the name of McIntosh, was seized in the street, dragged to the suburbs of the city, chained to a tree, and actually burned to death; and all within a single hour from the time he had been a freeman, attending to his own business, and at peace with the world” (Lyceum Address in the Blackboard reading) really highlights how severe the circumstances were with a mob rule so determined that they were doing the right thing. However, I decided to flip the connotation of mob rule and thought about any societies today who fit the parameters of mob rule and are not viewed as a “disgrace” to society. In India there is this gang of women who are called the “Gulabi Gang” that embody the definition of mob rule. A little bit about this group of women is that they are seen as vigilantes in their village that they live in because of how they save women from their husbands. Helpless women come to them seeking their assistance if they have been raped, if their husband is beating them, or if their in laws are beating her. Today the organization has more than tens of thousands of members and is still growing. Their main goals of the group os the abolish the caste system, obviously empower women, and stand up for those who are being oppressed (financially). How these women distinguish themselves is that they wear a pink sari (Gulabi means pink) and carry bamboo sticks, though it is used for intimidation, they can be used as a weapon when needed. There are several things I find absolutely interesting by this group. One being that in a nation where women are extremely oppressed, there are a group of women who take matters into their own hands and are trying to change the backwards mentality of society that the government has been neglecting to do. Although Lincoln may say that mob rule is not the greatest thing even if he were alive since he is mostly a believer in law and order, it is nice to know that there are aspects of mob rule that have more of a positive connotation rather than a pure negative one with a lot of violence. The gang in India must have saved hundreds of women’s lives just by being a voice for those who are not able to do anything about their situation.

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Here’s a link that gives you more information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/sampat-pal-s-gulabi-gang-fights-for-gender-revolution-in-india-1.2926690

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2 Responses to On Everydays We Wear Pink

  1. zschilling says:

    I really enjoyed you post. And i loved your meme! Haha. Malcolm X would love this Gulabi Gang. They truly stand up for themselves, (the oppresssed) against their oppressors, the government. SImilar to Captian John Brown revolting against the slave owners and their unhumantarian acts. It would be easier for them to be selfish and worry about their own freedoms however, they have organzied and reisted an unjust government in order to help their own people. These movement are relevant around the world. There is no more of a courgeous act, or american virtue than liberating the oppressed.

  2. jcpartida says:

    I liked your post and am glad you talked about the Gulabi Gang, It was well defined and at first a bit hard to read (some grammatical errors) but I eventually saw what you meant. If anything I feel like your definition of what disgrace means to our society is very specific because maybe to them it isn’t a disgrace but to the rest of the world it is. Social cues are very different but if these women feel empowered maybe it should be addressed by the mass media of India. These women are responding in a way of righteousness that I feel that Lincoln wouldn’t have shied away from. It’s not in the act of violence that isn’t necessarily it’s the status-quo that I feel Lincoln would not have agreed with. Though He is about Law and Order I don’t think there was law and order to start with. I’m content with what you wrote but I only have 1 question that partially deals with your research. Are there any Embodiment’s of mob rule that aren’t filled with violence?

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