This is a new low.
The Girl Scouts of the USA is now under fire for daring to participate in the inauguration parade. But it’s not the parade that’s the problem, it’s the incoming president.
An online petition is demanding the nonpartisan group drop plans to march in Friday’s parade for President-elect Donald Trump because doing so would violate the values of the Girl Scouts, Fox News reported.
The petition, with over 160,000 signatures, was written to Girl Scouts Interim CEO Sylvia Acevedo by junior troop leader Heather C.
“By marching in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade, you are failing to live up to GSUSA’s values. Please do not make Girl Scouts of the USA party to normalizing racism, misogyny, and fascism. Do not march in the inaugural parade,” the petition read.
The group responded in a statement, clarifying that participation in the parade is completely voluntary.
“Being a leader means having a seat at the leadership table no matter what. It means being willing to work with whomever happens to hold political power,” the statement read. “Advocating for change on issues one cares about isn’t at odds with participating in a century-long tradition that represents the peaceful exchange of power.”
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) January 18, 2017
Marching in inauguration parades has been a Girl Scout tradition for 100 years. About 75 Girl Scouts were expected to join Boy Scouts in Friday’s inaugural march.
Social media reaction was varied and emotional as Twitter users both praised and condemned the group’s decision.
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@TIME Confusing & disappointing that u r teaching these impressionable young women degradation is acceptable. SMH
— Jet (@Twistedsister02) January 20, 2017
— Crystal Brown-Tatum (@msbrowntatum) January 19, 2017
@TIME because it’s still an Inaugural Parade. Whether you like the President or not it’s still a big deal. People overreact to everything.
— Daniel (@DanielDiasKlein) January 19, 2017
@TIME watch out girls, the liberals won’t buy cookies anymore, they’ll call you racist, I applaud you and your beliefs
— Mr. Mcgill (@Cranford93) January 19, 2017
@TIME. Ashamed to say I was a girl scout
— kzoomonica (@sodano_onica) January 20, 2017
— Meli Alexander (@OneAndOnlyMeli) January 19, 2017
@SolomonAnna Oh yes but lets march for hillary. Because bill never ever did anything wrong
— luke leviton (@lukeleviton) January 18, 2017
@TIME nice to see at least one American institution is showing kids a responsible model
— lynn caffee (@lynncaffee1) January 19, 2017
@SolomonAnna Goodness, this all you have to do? Instead do something worth a damn, i.e., volunteer, take a vet out for lunch, hug a senior..
— Jaguar Stocks (@JaguarStocks) January 18, 2017
Why not let the future leaders of America take part in the processes of our constitutional republic instead of being negative? @SolomonAnna
— Arkansas Guy (@Sense_of_common) January 18, 2017
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