Defending Women’s March Leaders, Farrakhan Media Outlet Slams Jews and White Women

By Patrick Goodenough | January 16, 2019 | 4:38am EST
Women’s March national co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez onstage during a voter registration event in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 21, 2018. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

( – As the Women’s March continues to suffer defections over its leaders’ associations with Louis Farrakhan, the controversial preacher’s Nation of Islam has been hitting back, accusing “Jewish and white women” of trying to undermine the movement ahead of its planned march this weekend.

In racially-charged columns, the Nation of Islam organ The Final Call has been slamming prominent critics who have raised concerns about anti-Semitism and called on the Women’s March leaders to resign.

In doing so, the writers have accused “white women,” among other things, of supporting the oppression of blacks, and of historical complicity in rapes and lynchings.

This week, one of the Women’s March four national leaders, Tamika Mallory, came under fire again when during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” she declined to condemn outright Farrakhan’s criticism of Jews.

(Last February, Farrakhan acknowledged Mallory in the audience during a speech in Chicago in which he said that “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” Earlier, Mallory in an Instagram post had called Farrakhan “the GOAT,” an acronym for the “greatest of all time.” Co-chairs Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez have also attended Farrakhan events and defended him.)

Hours after appearing on “The View,” Mallory posted a video online in which she invited all women to Saturday’s march, making a point of referring to “Jewish women” along with black, trans, Muslim and “Latinx” women.

Without referring to the Farrakhan issue directly, Mallory said in the video clip that “all movements are messy.”

Wherever the movement had failed, she said, “We have tried to get in relationship with people who may be hurt by decisions we have made, by decisions that we should have made.”

On Tuesday it was reported that the Democratic National Committee has become the latest to withdraw its support for Saturday’s march. Last year, DNC chairman Tom Perez addressed the event in Washington.

The DNC has yet to confirm the decision, but the Jewish Democratic Council of America said in a statement it “stand[s] with the DNC and many other organizations which have chosen to withdraw their partnership with the Women’s March.”

The main sponsors of the 2019 march are Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the American Federation of Teachers.

‘Complicity in our rapes’

On several occasions since November, The Final Call has aired its opinion about the criticism directed at Sarsour, Mallory and Perez.

Last week, The Final Call senior editor Askia Muhammad wrote that plans for the march were proceeding “despite efforts by Jewish and White women to sabotage the movement’s strong, non-White leadership attempting to use the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, as a wedge.”

Muhammad noted that Mallory is black, Sarsour is Palestinian and Perez is Latina. (Apart from a captioned photo of the four leaders, the article made no mention of the fourth national co-chair, Bob Bland, who is white.)

He also quoted from a guest commentary, published in The Final Call last November, in which African American author and commentator Julianne Malveaux lashed out at the white critics of the Women’s March leadership.

In her commentary, Malveaux wrote, “With the fraught history between Black and White women, with their complicity in our rapes, and in the lynching of Black men, White women have no right to demand anything of Black women, let alone that leaders like Tamika Mallory ‘denounce’ Minister Farrakhan.”

Malveaux seemed especially exercised by two white women – Women’s March founder Teresa Shook, who last November called on the four co-chairs to step down and make way for others “who can restore faith in the Movement,” and liberal actress Alyssa Milano, who criticized the Women’s March leadership for not denouncing Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism or anti-LGBT remarks.

“Shook and Milano remind me of antebellum White women, hoop skirts and all, stomping their feet when they don’t get their way,” railed Malveaux. “Milano says she won’t speak if Tamika Mallory doesn’t denounce Farrakhan. So, stay home, Alyssa. We won’t miss you.”

In a column last month, The Final Call editor-in-chief Richard Muhammad lashed out at Jewish and white critics of the Women’s March leadership.

Muhammad called several Jewish figures “liars” and “fabricators” but was also harshly critical of white women, whom he said “have been the supporters, administrators and the architects of legal and social frameworks that oppressed Black people and led to our murder, over-incarceration, mass sterilization and degradation.”

Muhammad saw an orchestrated plot to bring down Farrakhan.

“The White power structure, police agencies, social media platforms and Jewish media clearly have the bold 85-year-old leader in their sights and are daily trying to destroy him,” he wrote.

The column was headlined, “Jewish liars assault Women’s March co-founders, attack Farrakhan to protect power, privilege and White women.”

See earlier stories:

Women’s March Founder Asks Leaders to Step Down for Refusing to Distance Themselves from Groups Espousing Hateful Beliefs (Nov. 20, 2018)

Women’s March Movement Under Fire Again for Anti-Semitism (Nov. 14, 2018)

Women’s March National Co-Chair: Sharia Law is ‘Reasonable,’ ‘Misunderstood’ (Jan. 25, 2017)

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