Alyssa Milano Won’t Support Tamika Mallory If She Does Not Condemn Louis Farrakhan – Your Black World

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By: Victor Ochieng

Alyssa Milano won’t speak at an upcoming Women’s March event, unless organizers Tamika D. Mallory and Linda Sarsour condemn Louis Farrakhan, the leader of Nation of Islam, for his anti-Semitic remarks.

Milano pointed out that, “Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately.”

The two leaders, Mallory and Sarsour have recently faced backlash for having links to Farrakhan. And earlier this year, Mallory was under fire when she attended a Savior’s Day speech by the controversial figure Farrakhan. She angered many women activists when she refused their push to make her denounce him. Milano was among the very outspoken figures who called her out for “turning a blind eye to the hate spoken about a group of people.” Many went ahead to even call for her resignation from the leadership position.

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In her defense at the time, Mallory tweeted and in part she said, ““I am a Black woman and a mother and while I do the hard work and learn along the way, I also won’t accept abuse and attacks.…I won’t stand for it because I don’t deserve it. I risk my life every day so my Black son & live freely and safely.”

Sarsour opted not to remain silent, instead came out in support of Mallory amid the backlash. She took to her Facebook page, writing a lengthy post where she said, “I won’t sit back while a strong, bold, unapologetic, committed Black woman who risks her life every day to speak truth to power, [and] organize and mobilize movements is questioned, berated and abused. We’ll not allow people to play double standards and hold us to standards that they would never hold themselves to…We can play the same game too and we know how but we choose to stay focused on the work ahead and the beloved communities we come from.”

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Speaking to the Advocate after the recent Farrakhan’s comments, Milano said she would decline to speak in next year’s Women’s March, as long as the leaders did not denounce him.

“I would say no at this point. Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him at this point. Or even given a really good reason why to support them,” Milano stated.

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However, critics are not ready to take her remarks lightly, calling her a fake ally for African-American women.

One person wrote on Twitter, “@Alyssa_Milano is now cancelled in my book. Louis Farrakhan holds no public office and isn’t a rep of Democrats … I’m tired of white women putting up stipulations when it comes to supporting women of color. Yet another campaign hijacked by white women who then want to make demands and be coddled within it.”

And another one responded, ““They need to know their foolery and fake support will no longer be wanted or tolerated. Either they want to listen and learn or continue to be what history has shown them to be … part of the problem.”

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