The intersectional politics of the Left is driving the entire movement insane.
No better evidence for this proposition can be found than the current head-scratching among Leftist Jews over the support for anti-Semitic Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan is the sort of fellow who calls Jews Satanic and cheers, “White folks are going down.” He’s a delight. And he’s supported by Women’s March leaders including Tamika Mallory, who attended a Farrakhan lecture last week, and Carmen Perez, who quotes Farrakhan on social media. Linda Sarsour, another well-known anti-Semite, has defended her colleagues from criticism on Farrakhan.
All of which should make life awkward for Jewish members of the Women’s March. Fortunately for some of those Jewish members, intersectionality means never having to say boo about anti-Semitism. Rabbi Jill Jacobs, a charter Women’s March member, stated, “What [Farrakhan] said is disgusting and inexcusable.” She then proceeded to excuse the Women’s March leaders for backing Farrakhan: “I don’t think that one can dismiss the entire movement, and certainly not the entire progressive world, because of a statement by one person or two people.” Judy Levey of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs told Forward, “People don’t always express themselves on every single issue in ways that we would be comfortable, but it’s really important that when we share values, we work together to raise up the urgent issues that we all face.”
That’s certainly an interesting argument coming from the same people who suggested that conservatives who voted for President Trump were betraying Jews thanks to Trump’s blindness to the alt-right. And it’s an even more interesting argument coming from the same people who use group identity to claim victimhood so as to join the intersectional coalition.
But it’s one thing to claim victimhood at the hands of American society, apparently; it’s quite another to claim victimhood at the hands of actual anti-Semites and their allies. The latter might require the intestinal fortitude to stand up to political allies, whereas the former carries the lukewarm comfort of “fighting the system.”
And so identity politics eats itself. Group identities, in the end, are merely a tool for tearing down the supposed power structure, not actual identities. If being a Jew conflicts with being a Leftist, being a Leftist takes precedence – even if it means sanctioning anti-Semitism.