Tamika D. Mallory, the Co-President of the Women’s March has been making headlines after refusing to disavow Minster Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan sparked outrage when he compared Jews to termites. “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-termite," he reportedly said.
High profile supporters of Farrakhan have been called to distance themselves from his remarks. During a recent appearance on The Real, Meghan McCain repeatedly asked her to condemn him. Mallory stated several times that she did not agree with his comments but would not give a definitive answer.
The DNC then released a statement that they would be pulling all sponsorship and endorsement for the Women's March.
Speaking to Elle, Mallory cleared up her stance.
" It is important for people to understand my background and where I come from. I have been caricatured as someone who is an uncritical supporter of Louis Farrakhan and his every word and deed. That is not true. Trust and believe, Minister Farrakhan is clear that I do not agree with everything that he says," she told them.
"For decades I have focused on anti-violence efforts in black communities. My son’s father was murdered. I am committed to working with deeply marginalized people to address the realities of gun violence. I often work with young black men in prisons. In this space I find myself working closely with people who have many attitudes, beliefs, and ideas that I disagree with, but the black experience is varied and I have to be open to all of it. To be effective when organizing people who have been discarded by society it does not make sense for me to throw away an organization—like the Nation of Islam—that has been very effective at reaching the hearts and minds of young black men to turning them away from violence," she continued.
"Other people are obsessed with my relationship with Minister Farrakhan. I am obsessed with empowerment in the black community."
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