Nation of Islam's anti-Semitic leader, Louis Farrakhan, used his annual "Savior's Day" speech to defend Women's March leaders who forged a close relationship with his group, blaming the "wicked Jews" for driving a wedge between the Women's March and leftist organizers, and for trying to "break up the women’s movement."
The Nation of Islam hosted its annual national conference, Savior's Day, at the United Center in Chicago over the weekend, and anti-Semitism was a priority among attendees. Speakers tore into the Jewish people, accusing them of everything from owning the Federal Reserve to instituting sharecropping to inventing pedophilia.
But Farrakhan reserved some of his sharpest anti-Semitic criticism for defending Women's March leader Tamika Mallory and her colleagues, whom he claims are victims of a conspiracy.
"The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity, and a black woman is the initiator of it," Farrakhan said about Mallory in his speech as a photo of Mallory popped up on the United Center's scoreboard.
"The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement," added Farrakhan. "It ain’t about Farrakhan; it’s about women all over the world [who] have the power to change the world."
Later on in his speech, Farrakhan asked his audience to again applaud "my poor little sister, Tamika" and added two other Women's March leaders, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez, to his list of victims.
"Tamika, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, our sister with the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter — the women shook the world the day after President Trump was elected," he said, according to CNS news, which recorded the speech.
"The women organized, and all over the world women rose up and men in government got shook. Because when women rise, change is going to come. So when they saw that Tamika had helped bring that about, they came after her," he concluded.
It is not known whether Mallory attended this year's Savior's Day. Last year, she sat in the audience while Farrakhan called the Jewish people the spawn of Satan. Farrakhan acknowledged, this year, that he had "honored" Mallory during his speech in 2018.
Mallory and her fellow Women's March leaders, specifically Perez and Sarsour, were accused, last year, of forging a close relationship between the Nation of Islam and the Women's March, including allowing the Nation of Islam to provide security for Women's March speakers and for events.
Twin exposes, in both Tablet Magazine and The New York Times, revealed that Mallory had made anti-Semitic remarks to Jewish Women's March leaders at some of the event's foundational meetings, and demanded that Jewish Women's March participants acknowledge their "privilege" and their role in black oppression — ideas Mallory clearly gleaned from Farrakhan himself.
When asked to distance themselves from the Nation of Islam over it's overt anti-Semitism, both Mallory and Sarsour refused, saying only that they reject anti-Semitism, but never openly denouncing the anti-Semitic hate preacher. Instead both Mallory and Sarsour — and especially Mallory — have repeatedly defended Farrakhan's "contributions" to minority communities.
As a result, many Women's March branches have distanced themselves from the national Women's March until some change is made to address anti-Semitism within the March's ranks. The group's January event was sparsely attended, and in some cities, like Chicago and New Orleans, "official" Women's Marches were canceled altogether, with organizers issuing statements acknowledging the national controversy and pledging to disconnect from the national movement for more community focused activism.