The Women's March Bigots
The group's founder criticizes its leaders for anti-Semitism and anti-"LBGTQIA" sentiment.
From its inception after the 2016 election, the Women’s March has always been about advancing the interests of some women — i.e., Black Liberation cop killers but definitely not conservative women. Yet now there’s a bit of a feminist family feud taking shape.
Theresa Shook, founder of the Women’s March, called for Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. to step down because they “have steered the Movement away from its true course.” How so? “In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs. I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent.”
First of all, LBGTQIA includes Queer, Intersex, and Asexual people — because apparently redefining sexual orientation and gender still isn’t enough.
But the larger issue is that anti-Semitism is indeed a growing problem … on the Left. Mallory and Sarsour in particular have praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, one of the Left’s most prominent anti-Semites. Sarsour also supports Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and a Palestinian-supporting anti-Semite supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. This flap is exactly why men like Barack Obama and Keith Ellison go to such great lengths to distance themselves from Farrakhan.
For their part, the four Women’s March leaders responded, “We want to thank Teresa Shook for her contribution to our movement, creating a Facebook event named the Million Women’s March. That was the very beginning of the Women’s March, which grew from a Facebook event into the largest single-day protest in US history, one led by women of color.” In other words, Thanks for the memories, white girl, but back off.
We can’t help but find it humorous that a movement named after only one of the however-many-there-are genders is receiving criticism for not being inclusive enough.