“cultivated a radical tenor that seems determined to alienate all but the most woke”
The Women’s March movement has embraced Linda Sarsour, Rasmea Odeh, and Assata Shakur. In a very short amount of time, they’ve gone to the extreme radical left and people are noticing.
What began as a protest of the election of Trump, has already devolved into an anti-police, anti-Israel caricature of the worst aspects of the far left.
We’ve noted this in prior posts:
- Women’s March Embraces Wanted Cop Killer JoAnne Chesimard aka Assata Shakur
- Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh co-organized March 8 #DayWithoutAWoman
- #WomensMarch Co-Chair Linda Sarsour’s Twitter attack on victim of female genital mutilation
Now, even some people in liberal media are catching on. Bari Weiss, a relatively new editor at the New York Times, addressed the issue in a recent column:
When Progressives Embrace Hate
The Women’s March moved me. O.K., so Madonna and Ashley Judd said some nutty things. But every movement has its excesses, I reasoned. Mr. Trump had campaigned on attacking the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. Now was the time to put aside petty differences and secondary issues to oppose his presidency.
That’s certainly what the leaders of the Democratic Party, who applauded the march, told us. Senator Charles Schumer called the protest “part of the grand American tradition.” The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, offered her congratulations to the march’s “courageous organizers” and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gushed about them in Time, where they were among the top 100 most influential people of 2017. “The Women’s March was the most inspiring and transformational moment I’ve ever witnessed in politics,” she wrote. “And it happened because four extraordinary women — Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — had the courage to take on something big, important and urgent, and never gave up.”
The image of this fearsome foursome, echoed in more than a few flattering profiles, was as seductive as a Benetton ad. There was Tamika Mallory, a young black activist who was crowned the “Sojourner Truth of our time” by Jet magazine and “a leader of tomorrow” by Valerie Jarrett. Carmen Perez, a Mexican-American and a veteran political organizer, was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 World Leaders. Linda Sarsour, a hijab-wearing Palestinian-American and the former head of the Arab-American Association of New York, had been recognized as a “champion of change” by the Obama White House. And Bob Bland, the fashion designer behind the “Nasty Women” T-shirts, was the white mother who came up with the idea of the march in the first place.
What wasn’t to like?
A lot, as it turns out. The leaders of the Women’s March, arguably the most prominent feminists in the country, have some chilling ideas and associations. Far from erecting the big tent so many had hoped for, the movement they lead has embraced decidedly illiberal causes and cultivated a radical tenor that seems determined to alienate all but the most woke.
Note how Weiss introduced her story on Twitter:
Why are the leaders of the Women’s March fawning over anti-Semites and cop killers? My latest: https://t.co/P4FCX0yGOE
— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) August 1, 2017
It’s a point Professor Jacobson also made:
Fixed: When Progressives finally realize their movement has been hijacked by pro-islamist, anti-capitalist radicals https://t.co/ORy0gt5b9J
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) August 1, 2017
Weiss has been down this road before, in June she pointed out the hypocrisy of the “Dyke March” banning Jewish stars from their event:
I’m Glad the Dyke March Banned Jewish Stars
This weekend, at a lesbian march in Chicago, three women carrying Jewish pride flags — rainbow flags embossed with a Star of David — were kicked out of the celebration on the grounds that their flags were a “trigger.” An organizer of the Dyke March told the Windy City Times that the fabric “made people feel unsafe” and that she and the other members of the Dyke March collective didn’t want anything “that can inadvertently or advertently express Zionism” at the event.
Laurel Grauer, one of the women who was ejected, said she’d been carrying that Jewish pride flag in the march, held on the Saturday before the city’s official Pride Parade, for more than a decade. It “celebrates my queer, Jewish identity,” she explained. This year, however, she lost track of the number of people who harassed her for carrying it.
I’m sorry for the women, like Ms. Grauer, who found themselves under genuine threat for carrying a colorful cloth falsely accused of being pernicious.
But I am also grateful.
Has there ever been a crisper expression of the consequences of “intersectionality” than a ban on Jewish lesbians from a Dyke March?
The reaction on Twitter to her new column has been positive and surprised. Via Twitchy:
Opinion: What isn’t there to like about the leaders of the Women’s March? A lot, as it turns out. https://t.co/fU5lfLS4sf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 1, 2017
1. Anti American
2. Pro sharia
5. Pro criminal
7 Demeaning to babies/pregnancy
— The Widow McKay (@CanD_MK) August 1, 2017
Finally someone has called out the extreme Left.
— Miriam (@curiousmaroon) August 1, 2017
Finally, you point this out! What took you so long?
— Bluegrass (@Fultzy43) August 1, 2017
I’m surprised that the @nytimes actually posted this…
— Amanda Hartman (@SunnyInCali922) August 1, 2017
OMG. I’m actually stunned the NYT reported this. I AM STUNNED.
— Taoist Conservative (@TaoConservative) August 1, 2017
Thank you for this important article!! We need to stop out antisemitism no matter where it is! Hate has no place in the women’s movement !
— Naomi schmahl (@SchmahlNaomi) August 1, 2017
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