Bari Weiss, a staff editor at the New York Times, courageously opposed the "feminist" narrative the Women's March "leaders" have been spouting, and now the collective is out for her.
Weiss penned a letter to the editor earlier this week in her own paper, pointing out the extreme messages and associations of Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory, opining that maybe if the Women's March leaders are extremists who embrace anti-Semitic, anti-white, terrorist-accepting, and essentially anarchist views, they should be called out.
Bob Bland, co-president of the Women's March, wrote a keyword-filled rebuttal to Weiss' letter, labeling Weiss as "an apologist for the white nationalist patriarchy." While Weiss' letter gave examples, quotes, and links to back up her assertions about the march leaders, Bland's reply is simple rhetoric and a poor attempt at shaming Weiss.
Ms. Weiss is endorsing a sensational alt-right attack that aims to discredit the Women’s March movement and its leaders and to derail the progress we have made since January.
The Women’s March united millions around the United States and demonstrated the collective power of women to create transformative social change.
What exactly did you do? What rights were threatened and how did your collective power stop it?
Her article is a distraction at a critical moment when rights are being stripped from vulnerable communities every day.
Any examples? How do you define "vulnerable communities"?
We are a movement made up of many people with different opinions, ideas and experiences.
No. No, you're not. You do not allow pro-life women. You do not allow people who support Trump. You do not like Israelis. You don't like women who value their Second Amendment rights. You don't embrace women who are against jihad and FGM. I'd wager there's not a more intellectually closed movement around. After feminists wept when Hillary Clinton lost the election, Women's March leaders didn't even name her as one of the reasons they marched.
You may not agree with one of us or any of us, and that’s O.K. But together we are weaving the social fabric so needed to protect us as the Trump agenda advances.
Is the social fabric needed to protect us made up of worshipping cop killers and marginalizing dissent?
Weiss's problem, Bland says, is that she's a "critic from the seats" and hasn't done the "work necessary" to understand other peoples' struggles. Bland admitted that while planning the January march she wasn't able to relate with others' point of view - presumably the views of Sarsour, Perez, and Mallory. But now she's able to "stand in solidarity" with a woman who took part in blowing up innocent college students.
Bland admonished Weiss, then labeled her in the exact way Weiss had predicted.
Until they get up, listen and do the work to understand those whose feelings have been shaped by injustices, they will remain apologists for the status quo, racist ideology and the white nationalist patriarchy.
Sick burn. Weiss is sure to stop pointing out the embrace of hate and rejection of dissenting voices now.