March leader Tamika Mallory refuses to renounce anti-Semitism of Louis Farrakhan
Numerous individuals as well as sponsors, including the NAACP, the DNC and the Southern Poverty Law Center, have pulled out of the Women’s March in Washington due to one of its founders and co-presidents refusing to renounce her support for virulent racist, Louis Farrakhan.
The infighting among the groups leaders is an example of one of the great dilemmas for Progressivism. Sooner or later, revolutionary hard-left, extremist movements inevitably start to eat their own. The Jacobins of the French Revolution, through the instrumentality of the Committee on Public Safety, eventually turned on their leader, Robespierre, who was led to the guillotine — a place where he had put so many others before him.
This same dynamic, an immutable characteristic of all doctrinaire and extreme left wing movements, is occurring now with the Women’s March, as it disintegrates due to to internecine ideological squabbling between its leaders, one of whom, is too radical, even for her comrades in arms.
Tamika Mallory, one of the organizers and leaders of the movement, has repeatedly refused to denounce the rampant and overt anti-Semitism of its leader Louis Farrakhan. When questioned about her association with Farrakhan, Mallory refuses to address the issue and instead misdirects with misleading and irrelevant comments.
How ridiculous it must look when one of the leader/organizer of the march and a major figure of the movement, continues to support a man who has a history of denouncing Jews in the most unequivocal manner. Since the ostensible purpose of the Women’s March is to denounce bigotry and hate in all of its forms, eventually, some shining lights of the movement, such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, decided that since Mallory would not recant, they could no longer participate.
Schultz had this to say about Mallory’s refusal to denounce Farrakhan,
Yet, at almost every turn, Mallory has failed to clearly denounce Farrakhan. Instead, she has attended Farrakhan’s speeches and posted her support for him on social media, referring to him as the “GOAT” — or, the Greatest Of All Time. Just this week, she was repeatedly asked on national television to clearly condemn him, and she instead dodged the question, taking issue with the words he chose and the fact that Minister Farrakhan is male, rather than acknowledging the hurtfulness of his rhetoric toward Jews and the LGBTQ community.
Looks like the solidarity of the “sisters” wasn’t as strong as perceived. The anti-Semitism of another organizer, Linda Sarsour, is well documented and she has been criticized for her comment that, “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”
Rebecca Traister, implores the leaders to recommit to their solidarity and attempts to minimize the significance of the departures, by claiming that tension between leaders of the group is basically business as usual. Apparently, Traister’s plea for unity have fallen upon deaf ears.
Mallory undoubtedly felt that she would be immune from any fallout from her association with a racist, because the progressive media always has exempted progressives from very standards that they establish and insist that others follow, ie., Farrakhan’s blatant racism. It appears that even for liberals, like Schultz, Mallory’s steadfast refusal to distance herself from Farrakhan, proved to be a bridge too far.