Skip to comments.Why Won’t Women’s March Leaders Denounce Louis Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism?
Posted on 03/08/2018 2:39:58 PM PST by nickcarraway
Louis Farrakhan displays the book, The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, during his speech at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/AP/REX/Shutterstock Two weeks ago, during a Saviours Day event to commemorate the life of Nation of Islam founder Master Fard Muhammad, Louis Farrakhan had some things to say about Jews. The powerful Jews, he told the audience inside Wintrust Arena in Chicago, are my enemy. The Jews are also responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men that is, for the existence of transgender people, which Farrakhan apparently views as a pressing moral concern. He issued a warning to a subset of the Jewish community Farrakhan has pulled the cover off the eyes of the Satanic Jew and Im here to say your time is up, your world is through. You good Jews better separate because the satanic ones will take you to hell with them because thats where they are headed.
Under normal circumstances, sadly, none of this would come as a surprise. As the Anti-Defamation League and plenty of other organizations have amply documented, Farrakhan has been a hardened anti-Semite not to mention a committed enemy of LGBT rights for a long time, and the broader Nation of Islam movement has a longstanding problem with anti-Semitism (as the ADL noted, Farrakhan was not the only speaker to make wildly offensive remarks about Jews that day). This is a man who has described Adolf Hitler as a very great man.
What made this address different was one of the attendees: Tamika D. Mallory, co-president of the successful Womens March organization that has served as an important part of the anti-Trump resistance movement ever since it was formed. During the portion of his speech not dedicated to recycling ages-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, Farrakhan explicitly praised both the March and Mallory herself. Mallory posted an Instagram video of herself at the event, and previously had posted a photo of herself with Farrakhan describing him as the GOAT, or greatest of all time.
Once Mallorys attendance at the event was revealed, she was repeatedly asked to denounce Farrakhans rhetoric, and she declined to do so. When she addressed the controversy, she did so vaguely. In one tweet, she did denounce anti-Semitism and transphobia without explicitly mentioning Farrakhan; in another, she made the dispute out to be some sort of thorny moral dilemma entailing nuance & complexities.
Tamika D. Mallory ✔ @TamikaDMallory The attacks can make us defensive at times. We are literally fighting for our lives. With that being said, someone bought to my attention that over the past few days I never tweeted my absolute position on how wrong anti-semitism and homophobia is.
11:51 AM - Mar 3, 2018
Tamika D. Mallory ✔ @TamikaDMallory Replying to @TamikaDMallory Contrary to others, I listen. I have been in deep reflection and trying to be as thoughtful as possible. I want my own work to speak for itself but I will reiterate my commitment to building this movement. I wont go back, I wont redraw the lines of division. I want a new way.
Tamika D. Mallory ✔ @TamikaDMallory Empathy for each other requires that we listen, reflect, attempt to understand, and give space for nuance & complexities of the different communities we come from. This isnt gonna be easy. I know that.
The Womens March followed a similar tack: not really addressing the controversy head-on at all. Yesterday, a full nine days after the controversy broke out, it finally posted a statement:
Women's March ✔ @womensmarch Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.
The phrasing is strikingly milquetoast: Minister Farrakhans statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Womens March Unity Principles, which were created by women of color leaders and are grounded in Kingian Nonviolence. Also striking is the groups explanation for why it took a week and a half for it to issue a statement: Our external silence has been because we are holding these conversations and are trying to intentionally break the cycles that pit our communities against each other. We have work to do, as individuals, as an organization, as a movement, and as a nation.
Who is being pitted against whom here? The only question is whether or not viciously anti-Semitic claims claims that have historically led to the murders of millions of Jews should be swiftly denounced. And there is no version of social justice, whatever ones conception of that might be, where the answer isnt obvious. There is nothing to discuss here.
But more than one member of the Womens March has described Farrakhans rank anti-Semitism in exactly these terms: not as a decades-long pattern of bigotry to be denounced, but as a political maneuver (presumably from the right) that requires a deft, careful response. In January, for example, Womens March co-chair Carmen Perez told Refinery29: In regards to Minister Farrakhan, I think that is a distraction. She continued: People need to understand the significant contributions that these individuals have made to Black and Brown people There are no perfect leaders. We follow the legacy of Dr. King, which is Kingian non-violence. We say we have to attack the forces of evil, not the people doing evil. We never attack people. The view that this is a distraction slots neatly into Mallorys desire not to redraw the lines of division:
Tamika D. Mallory ✔ @TamikaDMallory This is a thread. It seems I am not being clear. I am and always have been against all forms of racism. I am committed to ending anti-black racism, antisemitism, homophobia & transphobia. This is why I helped create an intersectional movement to bring groups together.
Tamika D. Mallory ✔ @TamikaDMallory Contrary to others, I listen. I have been in deep reflection and trying to be as thoughtful as possible. I want my own work to speak for itself but I will reiterate my commitment to building this movement. I wont go back, I wont redraw the lines of division. I want a new way. 6:39 PM - Mar 4, 2018
To be fair, there are definitely situations in which nuance is required to evaluated complicated, flawed figures, particularly when it comes to the leaders of bygone eras where different social mores reigned. But in this case, the subject at hand is a man who, in 2018, continues to spout murderous propaganda against a group that was, in his lifetime, almost entirely removed, via gas and bullet and starvation, from the European continent. If youre a Jew, its absolutely baffling and infuriating for anyone to meet this sort of rhetoric with Look, its complicated, or But what if our political enemies use this divide against us?
More broadly, its simply difficult to think of any other situation in the left-of-center universe where the response to hate speech would be anything like this, where the act of responding aggressively to that hate speech would be seen as a distraction or a political trap to be avoided. The Womens March, throughout this whole controversy, just hasnt come across as taking anti-Semitism very seriously.
As hardcore democrat fascists, odds are they do but keep that fact to themselves because a segment of the Jewish population is such a good source of funds for anything and everything that undermines American culture and morality.
liberals do not have values they have agendas.
When in conflict they fall back on an unwritten but almost universally agreed upon “hierarchy of victimhood.”
Women in general are at the bottom, just above straight white men.
I don’t know Nick,
Why didn’t the woman’s “leaders”, denounce Billy boy Clinton while he was attacking ladies?
Cause these creeps support abortion.
because they’re just as EVIL as he is?
Sad LOL! She expect "deep reflection" from this crowd??
“ONCE YOU GO BLACK.......
These women’s marches aren’t about women.
It’s about outreach to get more suckers to vote for the party that games them nonstop.
uh really..simple answer leftists hate Jews despise Israels existence
Because theirs is a Communist movement.
Why does the pussyhat on the left hate Jane Roe today? Jane changed her mind.
isn’t the muzzie woman sarsour a womens march leader ? She would never disagree with any of Calypso Louie’s muzzie rants.
Think about it. Do any of the pink hats even know that?
The reason they didn’t want to give women the vote in the first place is because they claimed they were too emotional. These days a chunk of them proved they were right.
As a women, I found the Women’s March a very, very disgusting embarrassment.
I helped break the glass ceiling in my profession by working as hard as I could and proving to the status quo they were wrong. Not by acting like gutter class, over emotional, goofy drunken slut.
Even the left wing rag New York Magazine is writing about this.
Yesterday, a full nine days after the controversy broke out, The Womens March finally posted a statement.
Policy requires that any useful tool in the overthrow of Western Civilization not be criticized by the other tools. :)
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