Women’s March or Mud Crawl?

Has the Women’s March movement gotten muddied up with special interests that don’t support ALL women?

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Apparently, the Women’s March has been tarnished by the movement’s co-chairs associating with bigoted outside groups, as reported by CNN.

In a post on her Facebook page on Nov. 19, Teresa Shook, the founder of the movement, called for the group’s current co-chairs to step down. She wrote, “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.”

According to CNN, the Women’s March leaders denounced her request shortly after in a statement on Facebook:

“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. 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.

The movement has been criticized for its association with Louis Farrakhan, leader of the black nationalist group Nation of Islam – Farrakhan has been known to make anti-Semitic and homophobic comments. CNN reports that Mallory and Perez have posted photos on social media of themselves with Farrakhan, and Sarsour attended the Justice or Else rally headlined by Farrakhan in 2015. Mallory also attended an event in February where Farrakhan said, “The powerful Jews are my enemy.”

However, the Women’s March emphasized that Farrakhan’s statements were “not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles.” According to Sarsour, critics called on the movement to denounce Farrakhan following the shooting at the Tree of Life. “There was nothing new that happened between Women’s March and the Minister. Folks decided to rehash 8 months ago,” Sarsour wrote in an online essay.

“This is not a letter in defense of Minister Farrakhan,” she continued. “He can do that for himself. We have been CRYSTAL CLEAR in BOTH of our statements that we REJECT antisemitism and all forms of racism. We have been CLEAR that Minister Farrakhan has said hateful and hurtful things and that he does not align with our Unity Principles of the Women’s March that were created by Women of Color.”

If this is indeed a case of “a rotten apple spoils the barrel,” let’s hope the Women’s March movement can rid itself of the bigotry. Read more on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Has the Women’s March movement gotten muddied up with special interests that don’t support ALL women?

81% Y- it’s sad
19% N- always a front
77% Y- it’s sad
23% N- always a front
88% Y- it’s sad
12% N- always a front

Y- it’s sad

N- always a front

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