Three of the Women’s March co-founders are Farrakhan fans and proud of it.
Under fire for their close association with raging anti-Semite and Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan, the Women’s March is in full on damage control.
Tuesday, the group issued a statement, asserting that it opposed antisemitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, and white supremacy.
Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism and white supremacy are and always will be indefensible.
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— Women’s March (@womensmarch) March 6, 2018
Women’s March co-chair, Black Lives Matter activist, and gun control proponent Tamika D. Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech in Chicago last month. The Savior’s Day speech, honored Nation of Islam founder Wallace Fard Muhammad.
During the speech, Farrakhan railed against the “Satanic Jew.”
The New York Daily News reported:
A Women’s March co-chair is fighting off calls to resign after being accused of supporting an anti-Semitic speech by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Tamika D. Mallory has spent the last few days fending off waves of criticism for attending the strong-worded speech in Chicago late last month, during which Farrakhan spun the “Time’s Up” phrase against the “Satanic Jew.”
…He repeatedly railed against Jewish people, alleging they controlled governments around the globe and “when you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.”
The Anti-Defamation League lambasted Mallory and Women’s March co-founders Carmen Perez and Linda Sansour for past ties to Farrakhan.
This isn’t Mallory’s first tango with Farrakhan. It’s not like she curiously attended a speech seeking to broaden her horizons, only to find out Farrakhan was a despicable antisemite. Mallory shared the stage with Farrakhan at a 2015 Savior’s Day speech and eagerly awaited his “hardcore truth.”
Petra Marquardt-Bigman, writing in The Times of Israel, detailed Mallory’s long-standing relationship with Farrakhan:
In 2016, Mallory apparently shared the stage with Farrakhan for the Saviours’ Day event, which is an annual NOI holiday marking the birth of its founder. Since Mallory excitedly announced that she was “super ready” for Farrakhan’s speech and that she needed Farrakhan’s “hardcore truth”, it is noteworthy that the ADL highlighted the anti-Semitism promoted by Farrakhan during the same event in 2015:
“During Part 2 of his 2015 Saviours’ Day keynote address at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Farrakhan used his platform to claim Israel and Jews orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. Farrakhan said, “Israelis had foreknowledge of the attacks” and that Jews were warned ahead of time not to come to work that day. He then went on to speak more broadly of Israeli control of the American government, stating that Israel and Jews “don’t fear America because they control it from within.””
According to the ADL, Farrakhan also promoted anti-Semitism at the 2014 Saviour’s Day event:
“During his keynote address to 18,000 people at the NOI’s 2014 Saviours’ Day convention at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Farrakhan likened himself to auto magnate Henry Ford, who promoted anti-Semitic conspiracies in the 1920s in The International Jew: the World’s Foremost Problem. Farrakhan called Ford “a great man who was called an anti-Semite” and added, “I feel like I’m in good company.” In Part 2 of his Saviours’ Day address at Mosque Maryam in Chicago, Farrakhan received a standing ovation after telling his audience that “the Satanic Jews that control everything and mostly everybody, if they are your enemy, then you must be somebody.””
Mallory isn’t the only Women’s March co-chair and Farrakhan fangirl. Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour are also Farrakhan acolytes.
In 2015, Perez and Mallory posed, holding hands with Farrakhan. Perez referred to him as The Minister Farrakhan and said she was “humbled to work with these special people”:
Back to The Times of Israel:
Perez explained in an interview in the summer of 2016 how she, along with Mallory and Sarsour, had become involved with Farrakhan. According to her, “Tamika Mallory, my African-American sister, Linda Sarsour, my Palestinian sister and myself, a Chicana/Mexican-American woman” had attracted national media coverage with their activism and subsequently, Farrakhan invited them to participate in the anniversary rally, allowing them “to use his platform to send a message to our generation.”
Sarsour was proud enough of the strident message she delivered from the platform provided to her by Farrakhan to share a clip posted on the Facebook page of Ummah Wide. The three-minute clip garnered 162K views; it shows Sarsour opening her talk “in the name of god, the most beneficial, the most merciful,” addressing the crowd repeatedly as “sisters and brothers.” Not all that different from Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic efforts to blame Jews for problems and hardships experienced by Blacks in the US, Sarsour asserted: “The same people who justify the massacres of Palestinian people and call it collateral damage are the same people who justify the murder of young Black men and women.” She assured her “sisters and brothers” that the “common enemy … is White supremacy” and insisted that “the liberation of the Palestinian people is bound up with the liberation of Black people in America.”
We’ve detailed Sarsour’s ardent anti-semitism in great detail (see here).
These women have been mentored by Farrakhan for years, so why is this time any different? Mainstream media pressure. Despite copious amounts of information and evidence showing three of four Women’s March co-chair’s involvement with Farrakhan, only now is the press taking an interest.
And only since the press has taken an interest has the Women’s March issued a days late response. Even then Women’s March leaders haven’t condoned or really distanced themselves from Farrakhan, they simply said ‘Minister Farrakhan’s’ statements are not alligned with their Unity Principles.
You don’t idolize a man, attend his hate speeches, brag about how humbled you are to work with him, and wake up one day saying his principles are far removed from yours.
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