Tamika Mallory Must Step Down From Women's March
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The Jewish, LGBTQ+ communities and our allies are calling for National Co-Chair of the Women's March, Tamika Mallory, to step down from her position. Ms. Mallory has shown that she is unqualified to stand for the Women's movement or its intersectional values through her lack of allyship to our communities.
Mallory's complicity towards jew and LGBTQ+ hatred is well documented and goes against the organizations Unity Principles that "We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments."
Although it is disappointing that Jewish and several other religious minorities are not included in the Women's March charter, Mallory's unwavering support for Louis Farrakhan, a well-known homophobe, transphobe, and an anti-semite, has violated its principles. Farrakhan is the leader of the Nation of Islam, which has been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Farrakhan has blamed Jews for 9/11, called Hitler "a great man," said Hollywood Jews “are the chosen of Satan” for promoting gay marriage, and condemned interracial marriage. He also declared that “the Jews were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men,” degrading the transgender community.
Yes, he may have done some positive things for the Black community, which we will forever stand in solidarity with, but Farrakhan's open hatred has already been condemned by the March itself, yet not Mallory.
“In regards to Minister Farrakhan, I think that is a distraction. People need to understand the significant contributions that these individuals have made to Black and Brown people,” Carmen Perez, another Co-Chair told Refinery29. “There are no perfect leaders. We follow the legacy of Dr. King, which is Kingian non-violence. We say we have to attack the forces of evil, not the people doing evil.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a remarkable advocate for the Jewish community. The attitude that Louis Farrakhan is a necessary ally is an insult to the numerous Black trailblazers like MLK who fight for racial justice without attacking other communities or praising Hitler.
When addressed about her presence during a vile anti-semitic speech by Farrakhan and the times she has publically praised him, she did not and still has not condemned him. Instead, she tweeted dog whistles that targeted LGBTQ people and Jewish people as enemies of Jesus. She has not apologized for either act. Although Mallory later tweeted she is against homophobia and anti-semitism, she has not put her money where her mouth is.
Mallory is unfit for her position in the women's movement. Although we appreciate the activism she's done for some groups, her presence alienates women and allies from two communities that transcend race, class, and immigration status. Any woman can be Jewish. Any woman can LGBTQ. But not any woman can lead them.
Tamika Mallory is not that woman. She has not demonstrated the willingness to educate herself to become the intersectional feminist leader we need. So she must go.
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