Over at the NYT, Bari Weiss has a great article on When Progressives Embrace Hate. I was in the USA, Washington State, in January and got to see the women’s march firsthand. It was very vibrant and women were making a bold forthright stand for women’s rights and protesting the policies of a misogynist president. However, the vibe I got from the posters and signs on flags was that anyone who was not sufficiently progressive was somewhere between unwelcomed or lynch-able.
Any ways, Weiss observes how some of the key personalities involved in the women’s march have either said or endorsed some very concerning positions.
Will progressives have more spine than conservatives in policing hate in their ranks? Or will they ignore it in their fury over the Trump administration? 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. If that puts me beyond the pale of the progressive feminist movement in America right now, so be it.
Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters,