United By Trump Hate, Major Protest Group Now Fighting Each Other

FILE Photo: Demonstrators during the Women’s March in Washington, January 21, 2017.

We all remember one of the biggest marches in US history, but now there’s a big controversy brewing behind the scenes.

Held on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March drew millions and spurred women nationwide to get into politics, rallying behind Dems in midterm elections and even making a record run for office themselves.

But as plans solidify for the two-year anniversary march next month, the Women’s March founder has asked its co-chairs to step down amid accusations of anti-Semitism, while the co-chairs are pushing back with their own assertions that Jewish activists need to own their own role in racism.

The New York Times reports that a rift started among activists at the first Women’s March meeting, in which organizer Vanessa Wruble says co-chairs Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez wanted to fill her in about the “dark side of Jewish history.”

The resulting fallout, included how founder Teresa Shook last month asked co-chairs Mallory, Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland to step down, saying they’ve…

“…steered the Movement away from its true course” by allowing “anti-Semitism, anti- LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”

Part of how they’re doing that, Shook and others say, is through their ties to the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan, who’s known to make anti-Semitic comments. Local organizers are now trying to distance themselves from the original group, USA Today notes.

Mallory and Perez tell the Times they condemn anti-Semitism, with Mallory adding, “We’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it.”

As the battle rages the leaders of the group organize to set a new date.

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3 Responses to United By Trump Hate, Major Protest Group Now Fighting Each Other

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    December 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Maybe I should write a book about the dark side of activists who don’t give a damn about anything but the power it gives them.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      December 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      My thoughts when I first researched this article and found the news reports.

      • Glenn R. Geist Reply

        December 25, 2018 at 11:37 am

        Maybe not true about all organizations or leaders, but to see a group trying to co-opt the quest for justice and equality and peace adopt more bigotry as a tool has all but paralyzed me with cynicism. Justice is for no one if not for everyone. Bigotry and prejudice are not specific to any race as is demonstrated by this story.

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