Wigginton on Trump's Misperception of Public Grief

8/9/2016

Caroline Wigginton, author of In the Neighborhood: Women's Publication in Early America, shares her thoughts on Donald Trump's reaction to Ghazala Khan's public grief in Avidly, Los Angeles Review of Books. 

In this moving reflection Wigginton likens Khan's palpable public grief to that of a Lenape mother whose black wampum belt--woven to mourn the murder of her son--served to unite tribal people in defense against European settlers. "Throughout U.S. history," Wigginton writes, "women have often expressed public grief through other means than the simply verbal—standing in one place or another, wearing certain clothing or colors—offering incisive political insight without uttering a single word. Women’s grief has been a long-standing and influential agent in American politics."