Monday, June 17, 2019

Dialogue: Women’s March leaders on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism & more

Teresa Shook, one of the founders of the Women’s March movement, called for the removal of the four national co-chairs and accused them of allowing “anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”

Thousands took to the streets for women’s marches across the country on January 19, exactly two years after Donald Trump’s inauguration sparked a burgeoning women’s movement. But some of this year’s marches were steeped in controversy. In November, Teresa Shook, one of the founders of the Women’s March movement, called for the removal of the four national co-chairs: Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. She accused them of allowing “anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.” Much of the criticism focused on links between some of the co-chairs and the Nation of Islam’s Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has been widely accused of being anti-Semitic. A new documentary premiering at the Sundance Film Festival captures how Mallory and the movement handled the crisis. It’s called “This Is Personal.” On Monday, Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour joined Rebecca Walker, author of the autobiography “Black, White, and Jewish,” and Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, to discuss the controversy.

Guests

  • Nancy Kaufman

    CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.
  • Rebecca Walker

    author of the autobiography Black, White, and Jewish.
  • Linda Sarsour

    national co-chair of the Women’s March and director of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPower Change.
  • Tamika Mallory

    national co-chair of the Women’s March.
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