Sunday, March 29, 2020

CNN: Say, Farrakhan Seems Pretty Popular With Women’s March Founders

Last Sunday, Louis Farrakhan gave his “Savior’s Day” speech at a 10,000 seat arena in Chicago. As expected, Farrakhan peppered the speech with racist references to Jews and whites and some of those comments were highlighted by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Twitter yesterday:

Farrakhan went on to say that no one in the audience should be too quick to criticize Ellison. “I don’t want you attacking brother cause you ain’t so strong yourself,” Farrakhan said. He continued, “If you want something from the white man and you have to denounce me, how will you act when your trial comes? See, like them disciples of Jesus ‘I didn’t know that man!’”

Despite all of this explicit (and long-standing) anti-Semitism and anti-white racism, Farrakhan is still admired by a number of prominent people on the left. Today, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt points out several of the Women’s March co-founders are fans:

Here’s the problem: Farrakhan does have an audience and still has widespread popularity among his devoted followers. Because of Farrakhan’s reach and influence and his broad name recognition and something like celebrity status, some public officials, politicians, and hip-hop entertainers are still willing to meet with him, still willing to have their pictures taken with him. They seemingly have a blind spot when it comes to his anti-Semitism…

In the audience at last weekend’s conference was Tamika Mallory, one of the leaders of the Women’s March, who got a special shout-out from Farrakhan and who regularly posts laudatory pictures of him on her Instagram account — as does Carmen Perez, another leader of the March. Linda Sarsour, another March organizer, spoke and participated at a Nation of Islam event in 2015. Her most notable response to his incendiary remarks this year was a glowing post on Perez’s Facebook page to praise Farrakhan’s youthful demeanor.


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