Twitter hosted a prominent Women’s March leader this week despite her unwillingness to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s rampant anti-Semitism.
The progressive organization’s co-chairwoman, Tamika Mallory, garnered quite a bit of criticism in early March, when CNN’s Jake Tapper called her out for attending a racist speech given by Farrakhan and refusing to condemn his anti-Semitic (and sexist) remarks.
— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) March 15, 2018
During the Saviour’s Day address Mallory attended, Farrakhan claimed “powerful Jews” are running the government and entertainment industry and said they “were responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out — turning men into women and women into men.”tamikadmallory/Instagram
Nevertheless, Mallory is a big fan of Farrakhan.
And even though Twitter claims to be cracking down on racist and inappropriate bullying on its social media site, it has allowed posts like this to remain up and has — so far — left its blue checkmark next to Farrakhan’s username:
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) March 7, 2018
But rather than condemn Farrakhan’s remarks, Mallory apparently sees herself as a victim in this controversy. Here’s what she told The Atlantic about Tapper’s comments to her:
“When you are labeled an anti-Semite, what follows can be very, very devastating for black leaders. To have someone say that about you, it almost immediately creates a feeling of defensiveness because you know the outcome.”
When asked if she could understand why a Jewish person might have reservations about her, given her affiliation with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, Mallory said she would listen to those offended and “hope that they will also take the time to understand why I have partnered with the Nation of Islam and been in that space for almost 30 years.”
She then recalled how an instance in which she was called out for invoking a stereotype about Jewish people made her “feel attacked”:
This whole experience, in particular, is quite interesting pic.twitter.com/40vw0NmCR9
— Tré Goins-Phillips (@tregp) March 15, 2018
Even with all this — on top of allegations that Twitter discriminates against conservative users — the California-based tech company can’t seem to get itself together when it comes to Farrakhan.
I guess Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Mallory have that in common.