Will 2019 be the year in which the “Bait and Switch” that characterizes the activities of two organizations that purport to represent female interests be widely exposed?
Clearly, there are indications that the long-ignored problem within the movement, portions of which have served more as a thinly disguised partisan front for left-wing causes, are finally becoming more apparent.
The National Organization of Women (NOW) and the Women’s March on Washington in particular are the subject of increased scrutiny.
There can be little doubt that the most pressing danger facing females today is the abuse, slavery, and murder they receive at the hands of Islamic extremists. Reports of the horrors women face are clear, well documented, and abundant. However, as “Hannah,” a courageous Tunisian young woman, a Fulbright scholar and an earnest advocate for equal rights in her homeland stated on the Vernuccio/Novak radio program, “No one seems to care for these women. The so-called ‘sex jihad’ which justifies the treatment of women—especially young girls, as property and the ‘spoils of war’ is virtually ignored by some western organizations that claim to represent women.” (Due to continuing threats on her life by the Moslem Brotherhood, “Hannah’s” real name cannot be disclosed.)
Despite this reality, The National Organization for Women continues to generally overlook this most fundamental of all matters affecting women.
What does it concentrate on? A review of its website over the past several years discussed enthusiasm for a variety of issues that had little relationship to discrimination against women. N.O.W’s political contributions have been given in an approximately 50-1 ratio to Democrats over Republicans, an overtly partisan figure.
The Women’s March has an even more troubling problem.
The peculiar relationship between the Women’s March and radical Islam is truly disturbing. The Hill recently reported that the organization’s Chicago chapter cancelled its scheduled January rally following complications from the revelation about the group’s ties to Nation of Islam leader, and noted anti-Semite, Louis Farrakhan. The news apparently discouraged volunteers, rendering the event untenable. Other rallies across the nation remain on schedule, however.
According to Tablet magazine’s Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegell “According to several sources, it was there—in the first hours of the first meeting for what would become the Women’s March… something happened that was so shameful to many of those who witnessed it, they chose to bury it like a family secret. Almost two years would pass before anyone present would speak about it. It was there that, as the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people—and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade. These are canards popularized by The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, a book published by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam—’the bible of the new anti-Semitism,’ according to Henry Louis Gates Jr., who noted in 1992: ‘Among significant sectors of the black community, this brief has become a credo of a new philosophy of black self-affirmation.’ To this day, Mallory and Bland deny any such statements were ever uttered, either at the first meeting or at Mallory’s apartment.”
Note two revelations that are apparent. In addition to the blatant anti-Semitism, the overt political bias—resistance to Trump—is a key element of the Women’s March movement, another indication that the organization, like several other similar groups, is more concerned with partisan politics than women’s issues.
Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy and Government.