BAILEY T. STEEN | MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2018
Members of the progressive movement now have to face their own Jewish question: whatever are they to do about Mr. Louis Farrakhan?
It’s no secret that Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam organisation, is no friend to the jewish people. In fact, the internet is littered with video evidence to the contrary. This is a man who has railed against the jewish people consistently, branding them his sworn “enemies”. This is a man that has accused jews of running some conspiratorial new world order that serves Satan and has an organised plan to screw African-Americans from banking oversight to America’s Congress. Farrakhan continued to blame jews as being a central role in perpetuating the slave trade, later condemning Israel for homosexual civil rights and even went as far as to praise Adolf Hitler, the monstrous leader of Nazi-occupied Germany responsible for the genocide of well over 6 million jews, as being a “very great man”.
“These false Jews,” Farrakhan once preached in 2006, “promote the filth of Hollywood that is seeding the American people and the people of the world and bringing you down in moral strength. It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality. It’s the wicked Jews, false Jews, that make it a crime for you to preach the word of God, then they call you homophobic!”
Dare to question members of the Women’s March on their association with this man, known for this kind of anti-semitic behaviour echoing the likes of David Duke, and they either play dumb for defensive sake or the news rings as shocking — enough for several key staffers to vigorously condemn his words and resign from the left-wing activist organisation for their inaction.
Among the high-profile ranks is Alyssa Klein, social media director for the organisation, who left her post citing the Women’s March administrators were giving a platform to a “a dangerous troll” in Farrakhan while “turning a blind eye to the hate spoken about a group of people.”
“I respect loyalty,” Klein wrote on her Twitter, “[but] I do not respect unquestioning loyalty. Especially if it means attacking those who are asking legitimate questions. And especially if it means turning a blind eye to the hate spoken about a group of people. Question leaders. Leaders, be open to questions.”
Klein, of course, is speaking indirectly about the February controversy surrounding Tamika Mallory, a central speaker behind the Women’s March, who attended the notoriously anti-Semitic Saviours’ Day event held annually by our faithful hate preacher Farrakhan.
During the three hour speech, where Farrakhan recognised Mallory in the audience and praised her for her activism, the conversation turned conspiratorial when he blamed the Jewish community within the United States and Mexican government for the distribution of marijuana across the nation he said was an effort to “feminize” black men — forcing me to say his claim has absolutely no basis in reality — as well as the death of Jesus.
The organisation was soon faced with fierce bipartisan criticism, calling on the activists to condemn the hate preacher and his organisation for the “unapologetic bigotry” towards another marginalised group — a key component of why the feminist movement, among all their virtue signalling, has embraced the organisation.
Did the Women’s March listen to their principled progressives and act?
Of course not. At least not initially — or to great effect.
Mallory at first doubled down on her relationship with the Nation of Islam and the hate preacher, tweeting after the event that“If your leader does not have the same enemies as Jesus, they may not be THE leader!”
She, along with her fellow Farrakhan apologist colleagues Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez, who curiously said “no leader is perfect”, cited the relationship as a form “coalition work” necessary for their progressive movement— with them immediately backtracking on their defence of his record.
On March 7th, soaking in silence, the Women’s March eventually released a public statement acknowledging that Farrakhan’s views were “not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles, which were created by women of color leaders and are grounded in Kingian nonviolence” — treating his vilification of jews as some minor disagreement to play PR footsies with rather than an outright condemnation (which, of course, they did not do).
In Mallory’s op-ed piece for NewsOne:
“I didn’t expect my presence at Saviour’s Day to lead anyone to question my beliefs, especially considering that I have been going to this event regularly for over 30 years. I first went with my parents when I was just a little girl, and would begin attending on my own after my son’s father was murdered nearly 17 years ago. In that most difficult period of my life, it was the women of the Nation of Islam who supported me and I have always held them close to my heart for that reason.”
It is impossible for me to agree with every statement or share every viewpoint of the many people who I have worked with or will work with in the future. As I do not wish to be held responsible for the words of others when my own history shows that I stand in opposition to them.
I also do not think it is fair to question anyone who works with me, who supports my work and who is a member of this movement because of the ways that I may have fallen short here or in any other instance.”
Mallory has taken several selfies with Farrakhan, including one on her Instagram where she said: “Thank God this man is still alive and doing well. He is definitely the GOAT [Greatest Of All Time].”
Planned Parenthood, a very close ally of the Women’s March organisation, officially disinvited Mallory as a keynote speaker for their March luncheon following her continued ties with Farrakhan.
This was followed by a Change.org petition by Brooklyn activist Tali Goldsheft, demanding the organisation cut relations with the Nation of Islam and even purge its leadership.
She later told The New York 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.”
I regret to inform Ms. Goldsheft that Linda Sarsour, the most outspoken member of these utterly flawed powerpuff girls, spoke at the Nation of Islam event back in 2015.
TrigTent previously reported on how she blamed the “jewish media” for her unpopularity, suggesting potential retaliation against those who contradict her narrative that she and Farrakhan are “friends” of the faith.
“If what you’re reading all day long… in the Jewish media is that Linda Sarsour and Minister Farrakhan are the existential threats to the Jewish community, something really bad is gonna happen and we gonna miss the mark on it.”
Failing to clarify what that “really bad” something is — Sarsour being the kind of activist that wants to wage “jihad” against the Trump administration while later crying in the op-ed section of The Washington Post that she’s the victim of the political non-term “Islamophobia.”
Such apologetics for hate, masked under a progressive blanket, is a failure on the Women’s March’s part. Should they want to maintain their moral high ground, claiming to be the ethical answer to President Trump and those of the further right, known for questionably toxic relationships with anti-Semites, the left shouldn’t grant them ground for this being in the realm of normal discourse.
To restore credibility, this would require the vigorous condemnation of Farrakhan, Sarsour and company until such hatred is either reformed to nonexistence or ostracised from societal respect. You can’t spearhead a movement based on opposing bigotry and continue to lead it with a known bigot at your hip — and this is understood by the Women’s March’s regional associates, in both the United States and Canada, who have condemned their overarching leadership over their inaction. Justice Democrats, while they coerced the removal their founder based on deleted shitposts from over 20 years ago, at least purged their leadership to maintain their puritanism — even if the merit for that decision wasn’t truly justified in the slightest.
Farrakhan is no edgy shitposter, however. He is a legitimate voice the Women’s March continue to associate with —while refusing to deal with clear hatred with any honesty or the following of their intersectional feminist principles. Progressives can’t claim he’s irrelevant if they continue to make him the opposite. If they can’t give the sensible public that much, we may have to find leaders elsewhere.
Thanks for reading!
Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet™ on occasion.
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