The Women’s 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 better.
Bland, Mallory, and Sarsour stepped down from the Women’s March board in July, according to the Washington Post, and have been replaced by 16 new board members that include three Jewish women, a transgender woman, and a Native American tribal leader.
Perhaps the 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.
Recall, the Women’s’ March has long been accused of harboring 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.
Without 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:
“Apartheid 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.”
What about 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.”
Let’s not forget Charlene Carruthers, another new board member who is an unabashed fan of Farrakhan.
Min. Farrakhan took a particular approach. I respect that and I think he was being wise and selfless. #WeCount
— Black Women Are Inherently Valuable (@CharleneCac) March 30, 2010
There’s one 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 Center, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood, and the Human Rights Campaign. This is a sinking ship, and everyone knows it.
The Women’s March assumed it could salvage its reputation by getting rid of “the problem.” But Sarsour, Mallory, and Bland aren’t the problem; their engrained anti-Semitism is.
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