An op-ed that takes the left-wing to task — by a New York Times opinion editor of all people — has raised some eyebrows and ire this week.
“When progressives embrace hate” by Bari Weiss rips the leaders of the Women’s March — Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour — whom she calls “arguably the most prominent feminists in the country” yet who “have some chilling ideas and associations.” Things like pleasantries toward convicted killer Assata Shakur, as well as fondness for Shariah law, Fidel Castro, Black Panthers, and Louis Farrakhan.
“Far from erecting the big tent so many had hoped for, the movement they lead has embraced decidedly illiberal causes and cultivated a radical tenor that seems determined to alienate all but the most woke,” Weiss wrote in her lengthy piece.
Well, one of the Women’s March leaders mentioned by Weiss hit back in a letter to the editor Thursday, saying Weiss “is endorsing a sensational alt-right attack that aims to discredit the Women’s March movement and its leaders and to derail the progress we have made since January.”
Bob Bland, co-president of the Women’s March, offered no rebuttals to Weiss’ very specific and well-documented critiques — but was able to throw a big punch at the end for daring to say she and other progressive leaders are embracing hate.
“For now, critics like Ms. Weiss are just critics from their seats,” Bland concluded. “Until they get up, listen and do the work to understand those whose feelings have been shaped by injustices, they will remain apologists for the status quo, racist ideology and the white nationalist patriarchy.”
Bland may not have digested Weiss’ conclusion all that completely, in which she predicts she can “already hear the pushback.”
“I am sure that Linda Sarsour, and perhaps the other leaders of the Women’s March, will block me for writing this. Maybe I’ll be accused of siding with the alt-right or tarred as Islamophobic. But what I stand against is embracing terrorists, disdaining independent feminist voices, hating on democracies and celebrating dictatorships,” Weiss said. “If that puts me beyond the pale of the progressive feminist movement in America right now, so be it.”
(H/T: Hot Air)