Anti-Semites like to claim that they’re really anti-Zionists.
But Tamika Mallory’s attempt to shed her anti-Semitic skin by bashing Israel has been a particularly awkward farce. The Women’s March leader ran into controversy palling around with Louis Farrakhan. Instead of condemning Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, Mallory went on the offensive by getting the ADL allegedly fired from the Starbucks implicit bias training for criticizing her. (The new Starbucks policy is that you can’t kick out black people, but you can certainly kick out Jews.)
Next up a tour of Israel to give her anti-Zionism some credibility.
Except that Mallory clearly has no idea what she’s talking about. Her Israel bashing is simplistic and stupid even by the standards of a radical hate group that sticks to dumbed down slogans. Her remarks sound like they’re coming from someone who doesn’t care to do more than memorize the most basic talking points. And barely even bothered to do that.
But that’s because Tamika Mallory doesn’t care about Israel.
Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism is of the black nationalist variety. And Mallory is a black nationalist. Her natural instincts would be to let loose with a rant about Jewish storeowners and diamond merchants. And Sharpton and Jesse Jackson proved you can do those rants and still be very successful. But that’s also not where the intersectional left is right now.
And that level of overt anti-Semitism might be problematic.
Anti-Zionism is safe. Ranting about the Jews might raise even more eyebrows. And so like many anti-Semites before her, Tamika Mallory turned to Israel.