The Women’s March has lost several of its top staffers in the wake of its leadership’s decision not to denounce Louis Farrakhan, who promotes hatred against Jewish people.
In February, Women’s March speaker Tamika Mallory attended a rabidly anti-Semitic speech by the Nation of Islam leader, who railed against the Jewish community with conspiratorial claims that they ran the government. He baselessly accused the Jewish community and the governments of the United States and Mexico of spreading the use of marijuana to “feminize” black men.
Farrakhan gave a shoutout to Mallory, who sat in the audience for his three-hour rant about Jewish people. Mallory later downplayed her presence at the event, stating that she affirmed the “validity” of those who were angered by her refusal to denounce Farrakhan, and that she was disappointed that it would “lead anyone to question my beliefs.”
In response to criticism, another Women’s March leader, Carmen Perez, downplayed Farrakhan’s vitriolic statements by stating, “There are no perfect leaders.”
Palestinian activist and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour has been a staunch advocate for Louis Farrakhan, having spoken at one of his Nation of Islam events in 2015.
All three Women’s March leaders were supported by fashion designer Bob Bland, who accused their critics of “misogyny.”
Despite the decision of the group’s leadership to continue supporting Farrakhan, many of the Women’s March rank-and-file are now removing their own associations from the group to decry it.
Alyssa Klein, who served as the organization’s social media director, quit after its leadership refused to distance itself from Farrakhan. Klein decried the group’s leadership, accusing them of “turning a blind eye to the hate spoken about a group of people.”
Brooklyn activist Tali Goldsheft, who created a Change.org petition calling on the group to cut its ties with the Nation of Islam and purge its leadership, told the Post: “If these Women’s March leaders are attending his sermons and cheering him on, they should be called out and removed from their roles immediately.”
Elsewhere in the United States and Canada, regional associates of the Women’s March condemned their unwillingness to speak out against Farrakhan. According to the New York Post, the group’s branches in Canada, Florida, and Washington D.C. condemned the leadership.
Planned Parenthood, which has been the group’s most prominent supporter, disinvited Mallory as a keynote speaker in a March luncheon due to her close ties with Farrakhan.
Source: New York Post.
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