The Women's March's Refusal to Condemn Farrakhan
The Women’s March has put out yet another statement trying to act as if it’s condemning Farrakhan, without actually condemning him.
The statement by the lefty group, whose leaders, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour have made anti-Semitic statements and expressed support for Farrakhan, is a masterpiece of careful wording.
Women’s March wouldn’t exist without the leadership of women of color, and we stand with Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory. Women’s March leaders reject anti-Semitism in all its forms.
We recognize the danger of hate rhetoric by public figures. We want to say emphatically that we do not support or endorse statements made by Minister Louis Farrakhan about women, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.
Then it quickly shifts over to attacking the right and pretending that anti-Semitism is just a problem of white supremacism.
But never mind that.
The Women’s March still can’t even condemn Farrakhan’s bigotry. Instead it does “not support or endorse statements made by Minister Louis Farrakhan about women, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.”
Does it support or endorse other statements by Farrakhan?
Does not “support or endorse” is very different than “reject and condemn.”
When you refer to the leader of a racist hate group who praised Hitler with a honorific, distancing yourself from his rhetoric, without condemning it, you’re cowardly and complicit.