A Women's March founder is saying that she was removed from the group because she is Jewish. The former leader is speaking out:
Vanessa Wruble, a Brooklyn-based activist, said she was kicked out of the progressive group in part for being Jewish, after Tamika Mallory, a black gun control activist, and Carmen Perez, a Latina criminal justice reform activist, told her that Jewish people needed to confront their own role in racism, The New York Times reported.
The Women's March is so fractured that Wruble said that there will be two marches in New York:
Wruble went on to help found a local women’s group called March On, and now that group, which stresses its denunciation of anti-Semitism, will have a march the same day in New York as the Women’s March group, which the Times said will be led by women of color.
Mallory, who is co-president of the Women's March, and Perez have denied Wruble's allegations, saying that Jews are also victims of white supremacy:
“…We’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it,” Mallory said in a statement to The Times.
Mallory, however, did tell the Times that white women were “not trustworthy,” and claimed Wruble gossiped behind the backs of the other march leaders instead of confronting them with issues.
Mallory and Linda Sarsour, a leader of last year's Women's March, have longstanding ties to Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, whose disparagement of Jews is part of his persona.
Sarsour, a media favorite (see "Linda Sarsour Is a Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab" in the New York Times), is also an advocate for Sharia Law.
The Tablet, a respected Jewish magazine, recently explored accusations of anti-Semitism among Women's March leaders and took a look at the group's finances in an article headlined "Is the Women's March Melting Down?"
According to the New York Times, which reported that the Women's March is "roiled by accusations of anti-Semitism," Rachel O’Leary Carmona, CEO of the Women's March, "cast the controversy as the growing pains of a new organization that is struggling to build a diverse coalition."