Linda Sarsour Mavenroundtable - July 2018

I hope everyone is paying very close attention. The tactics being used by white supremacists and right wing Zionists have been consistent over years. Now, it’s just playing out on a very national stage. None of this is new. Some progressives unfortunately have fell for the tactics in the past and have even helped perpetuate the harm that we see happening against people like Ilhan sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally.

So here’s what the right has been working on for years: to marginalize, demonize, vilify Muslim American/pro-Palestinian voices to the point where we become so radioactive, nobody wants to touch us or associate with us. They use labels like: radical, extremist, anti Semitic, divisive, militant. They publish article after article, out of context quotes, falsehoods, rumors and it’s so much that some may even begin to believe it. It’s as if someone just says the same thing enough times, it becomes a fact.

Malcolm X taught us to BE CAREFUL that the media is the most powerful entity in the world and will have you hating the ones being oppressed and loving the ones doing the oppressing.

Why Ilhan? She represents everything the right has been trying to suppress for decades. Bold, unafraid, unapologetic voices that speak truth to power, resonate with diverse groups, that are committed to the human rights of the Palestinian people, who vehemently criticize the State of Israel and don’t worry about superficial consequences like losing funding or a donor or a seat at a table. Their mission is to crush these voices.

This is what is at the root here. They can’t handle it. They are losing control. How dare we have women questioning the dominant narrative. Pushing back on stale out of date and out of step foreign policy positions, and naming and confronting white supremacy head on. How dare we not cower to Republicans and neo-liberal Democrats? How dare we stand our ground? ...
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