UPDATED 8:41 AM PT — Monday, Dec. 24, 2018
Despite its intentions of being an all-inclusive group, support for the Women’s March organization is declining, following allegations of anti-Semitism within the group’s high-ranking members.
In a report released this month, activist and former Women’s March organizer Vanessa Wruble claimed she was kicked out of the progressive group for her Jewish heritage.
During a meeting before the historic 2017 protest, Wruble said current organizers Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez said Jewish people needed to take responsibility and confront their own role in racism.
This comes as the group’s now-co-president, Mallory, has previously been publicly criticized for her ties to controversial religious leader Louis Farrakhan. Farrahkan is known for making anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks, and has even written a book blaming the Jewish community for allegedly playing a major role in the American slave trade.
“Call me a hater, you know what they do? Call me an anti-Semite. Stop it. I’m anti-termite.”
— Louis Farrakhan, leader of Nation of Islam
After being kicked out of the group, Wruble went on to form March On, which is an organization to raise support for local women activists and denounce anti-Semitism.
While both Mallory’ and Perez have denied the allegations, several others continue to seek their resignation.
As more members start to separate themselves from Women’s March, some are turning to March On. The split has even led to the creation of two conflicting marches in New York. Both are scheduled to take place on the same date in January, showing just how divided the group truly is.