Sunday, March 12, 2017
Culture: The"Clash" of Diffrent Tambourines?
The Gleaner is reporting "Bitterness and cracks are emerging in sections of the local women's movement" this following noted activist-blogger Emma Lewis' post questioning the strategies of the Tambourine Army, a newly formed hard line activist group.
"The campaign began with an assault, and has celebrated that action ever since. I don’t wish to be associated with that. The logo with the tambourine and the somewhat clichéd clenched fist is nice and well designed, but it heightens that tone. Fighting violence with violence? I think not," Lewis wrote yesterday in her post titled 'Why I Won’t Be Shaking a Tambourine'.
The "assault" to which Lewis referred is related to the admission to The Star by the co-founder of Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent that in January, she used a tambourine to hit on the head, Moravian pastor Dr Paul Gardner, while she and other women protested at the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester.
Nugent has also courted controversy by encouraging women to post on social media, the names of men who they claim abused them, arguing that the justice system has 'failed' to do its job.
Tambourine Army held a march yesterday (Saturday) afternoon which made its way through Half Way Tree, complete with "Carnival-style" trucks and broadcasts by several radio stations.
This issue has garnered increased attention in recent months following the Moravian Sex Scandal.
Lewis' has come under racial and other forms of attack after claiming that the Tambourine Army, formed in January, is "without the experience of other women" and that she does not expect a revolution.
Meanwhile, Nadeen Spence, another TA co-founder and public commentator, criticised Lewis in a Facebook post in which she said "older women in the movement would like to insist that there is only one way to rebel and would hide behind a veil of reasonableness and maturity in an attempt to silence those who are willing to fight."
Added Spence: "Emma Caroline Lewis I used to respect you. I used to listen to you. I used to give you space to impact and teach. I now know you for who you are."
Responding, Lewis said: "Oh dear. More posturing. It's one blog post, for heaven's sake! And I am entitled to my opinion, as you are to yours."
Several prominent women including Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith have supported the Tambourine march.