March has reportedly cut ties with three of its founding members — Linda
Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Mari Lynn “Bob” Bland — who have been rightly
accused of anti-Semitism and divisiveness. But their replacements aren’t much
Mallory, and Sarsour stepped down from the Women’s March board in July,
according to the Washington Post, and have been replaced by 16 new board
members that include three Jewish women, a transgender woman, and a Native
American tribal leader.
board believes diversity will help mend the bridges Mallory, Sarsour, and Bland
burned, but a quick glance at past comments made by the March’s new leadership
proves the Women’s March has a long way to go.
Women’s’ March has long been accused of harbouring anti-Semitism, and with good
reason. Here are a few examples:
• Bland once shared a post that appeared
to blame the “American Jewish Establishment” for the March 15 New Zealand
terrorist attacks that killed more than 50 people.
• Mallory has frequently praised Louis
Farrakhan, a vitriolic man who regularly compares Jews to “termites” and calls
them his “enemy.” She even attended one of Farrakhan’s events in February 2018,
during which he called Jews “satanic.” But according to Mallory, Farrakhan is
“the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
• Sarsour has also been friendly with
Farrakhan, and is an outspoken advocate for the boycott, divestment, and
sanctions movement, which seeks to undercut Israel’s government by stifling its
economy. In 2017, Sarsour called for “jihad” against President Trump.
citing specific examples, like the ones listed above, the Women’s March
acknowledged its past “mistakes and missteps” under former leadership. But do
they actually understand where they went wrong? It doesn’t seem like it,
because they replaced Sarsour with someone just like her:
Israel kills children as a hobby,” Billoo wrote on Twitter in 2012. And in
2015, she wrote: “I’m more afraid of racist Zionists who support Apartheid
Israel than of the mentally ill young people the #FBI recruits to join ISIS.”
Samia Assed? She joins Billoo as another new board member, and has questioned
Israel’s right to exist several times. “Do you believe in how Israel exists
now?” Assed wrote on Twitter less than six months ago. “I will tell you no.
Till this day, Israel has never declared it’s (sic) borders, and continues to
occupy land and deny Palestinians human rights.”
forget Charlene Carruthers, another new board member who is an unabashed fan of
of two things going on: Either the Women’s March has stopped vetting its
leadership completely, or it doesn’t really mind anti-Semitism. Considering it
took the board years to oust Sarsour, Bland, and Mallory, it’s safe to assume
the Women’s March doesn’t care.
So why oust
them in the first place? Because the Women’s March knew it couldn’t survive
with them still on board. The group has suffered a major crisis of credibility
over the past few years, even among the Left. Several prominent leftist
activist groups have cut ties with the March, including the Southern Poverty
Law Centre, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and the Human Rights
Campaign. This is a sinking ship, and everyone knows it.
March assumed it could salvage its reputation by getting rid of “the problem.”
But Sarsour, Mallory, and Bland aren’t the problem; their engrained
Headline: What does it tell you if the Women's March keeps stumbling into
Source: The Washington Examiner