Linda Sarsour

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Linda Sarsour is an American political activist, who has stumped for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, marched with the Black Lives Matter movement and co-founded the Women's March.[1] Sarsour is a vocal surrogate for Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign.

Personal life

Sarsour was born in Brooklyn, New York and is the daughter of "Palestinian" immigrants.[2] At 17, she entered an arranged marriage.[2]

Islamic feminist

Sarsour is an adherent of Islam and considers herself to be a feminist.[3] She is very proud of wearing the hijab[4] and she claims that "oppression of women is absolutely shunned in the Islamic faith", despite well-documented evidence to the contrary.[5] Due to Sarsour embracing Islam while claiming to be a feminist, she has been criticized by other feminists. Ayaan Hirsi Ali called Sarsour a "fake feminist".[6] Sarsour replied in a now-deleted tweet that Ayaan Hirsi Ali does not deserve to be woman and that she wish she could take her vagina away,[7][8]. Together with Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, and Carmen Perez, Sarsour was an organizer of the 2017 Women's March, a march of progressive groups protesting President Donald Trump's election.[9]

Accusations of anti-Semitism

Due to her ties with Louis Farrakhan, Sarsour has been accused of anti-Semitism. Two directors of the U.S.-based Jewish NGO the Anti-Defamation League, along with the president of the Zionist Organization of America, have criticized Sarsour's stance on Israel. Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL's director, has said that Sarsour's support of BDS "encourages and spreads anti-Semitism".[10] Sarsour has associated with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and refused to condemn his extremely anti-Semitic rhetoric.[11] Sarsour spoke at a 2015 rally organized by Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam;[11][12] she has also promoted Farrakhan's Nation of Islam organization as "an integral part" of "the history of Islam in America."[13]

Views of race and racism

Sarsour rejects the standard definition of racism and believes that "Racism is bigotry + power. The group that doesn't have power can't be racist."[14] She also thinks that the race of a person depends somehow on their privileges, since she stated: "I am not White. If I had the privilege of a white person, maybe. But I don't."[15] although later she identified as a white girl,[16] and subsequently as a person of color.[17] Then, in a panel she claims that "At the end of the day it's self-identification. I'm Palestinian, if I want to say 'I'm Black,' - I'm Black!"[18]

See also


  1. "American Muslims: 25 most influential", CNN, May, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "March catapults Muslim American into national spotlight and social-media crosshairs", February 7, 2017. 
  3. Are Islam and Feminism Mutually Exclusive|date=December 2, 2015
  4. 0:52 [1]
  5. 1:17 [2]
  6. "Ayaan Hirsi Ali says controversial Women’s March organizer is a ‘fake feminist’", Women In the World, February 2, 2017. 
  8. "Linda Sarsour Is Dangerous, So Let’s All Stop Pretending Otherwise", HuffingtonPost, July 24, 2017. 
  9. "How the Women's March Has United Progressives of All Stripes", Time, January 20, 2017. 
  10. "Linda Sarsour: Why the Palestinian-American activist is controversial", May 2, 2017. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Women’s March leaders refuse to condemn Farrakhan after antisemitic speech ", The Jerusalem Post, March 3, 2018. 
  12. "Linda Sarsour Has Been A Farrakhan Fan For Years", Forward, March 7, 2018. 
  16. 1:13 A beginner's guide to hijabs
  17. "Who’s Afraid Of Linda Sarsour?", Fader, April 27, 2017.