You may recall that the so-called Women’s March has been raked over the coals this year by conservatives for the ties between it’s co-chairs and Louis Farrakhan. In fact, in the case of Sarsour, not just to him but to all sorts of anti-Semitism.
The left has mainly rolled their eyes and pretended like Farrakhan, who has taken the stage with the Clintons and rubs elbows with plenty of sitting Democrat leaders, is somehow a fringe-figure of no importance. The MSM, with the exception of CNN’s Jake Tapper, have also pretty much treated it like no big deal that the supposed leaders of a supposed progressive, inclusive, pro-women group are mixed up with the misogynistic, anti-Semitic, hate preacher.
But it seems like at least one liberal, counder of the march Teresa Shook, has had enough.
She posted on her Facebook page today that she wants the bigots out. Not just Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarour, though. The whole bunch.
From her Facebook post:
“As Founder of the Women’s March, my original vision and intent was to show the capacity of human beings to stand in solidarity and love against the hateful rhetoric that had become a part of the political landscape in the U.S. and around the world. I wanted us to prove that the majority of us are decent people who want a world that is fair, just and inclusive of Women and All people. We proved that on January 21, 2017 (and in the U.S. this past midterm with a diverse electorate).
Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship. But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti- LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs. I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent. I stand in Solidarity with all the Sister March Organizations, to bring the Movement back to its authentic purpose. As Women’s March founder, I am stepping up to bring focus back to the Unity Principles on which our movement began, and with the support of all of those who marched and have continued to march, I pledge to support grassroots, decentralized leadership promoting a safe, worldwide community devoid of hate speech, bigotry and racism.”
As CNN reports, the current co-chairs don’t care what she thinks and intend to cling to their power.
The Women’s March leaders swiftly shot back, crediting Shook for “creating a Facebook event named the Million Women’s March” and lambasting her for not working to support the movement’s ongoing growth.
“Today, Teresa Shook weighed in, irresponsibly, as have other organizations attempting in this moment to take advantage of our growing pains to try and fracture our network,” the Women’s March wrote in a post on its Facebook page. “Groups that have benefited from our work but refuse to organize in accordance with our Unity Principles clearly have no interest in building the world our principles envision. They have not done the work to mobilize women from diverse backgrounds across the nation.”
“Our ongoing work speaks for itself. That’s our focus, not armchair critiques from those who want to take credit for our labor,” the statement continued.
That is utterly ugly. And smug. And pretty much exactly what you’d expect from the likes of Sarsour and Mallory, whose arrogance is matched only their vanity. Although both of those traits fall a distant second to the primary attribute the two share: unbridled hate.
Shook is right to want these harpies and their enablers ousted. Her plea may fall on dear ears in that increasingly hostile organization, but the world sees what’s going on, and it, like the co-chairs themselves, ain’t pretty.