anonymous asked:

Linda sarsour really called jake tapper the alt-right jfc skdksodkskks im so done with that woman

I don’t follow either of them in any capacity unless they trend on Twitter so I had to go see what they said. 

*sigh* Okay, so I still don’t know what to believe RE: Shakur being a cop-killer because some say she is and some say she’s not so I can’t comment on that (and please, nobody try to educate me because I’m perfectly capable of doing the research myself, which I will) and we all know that the Dyke March Chi chapter is trash after what they did to the Jewish marchers during Pride Month. So that’s that on that.

But to Linda’s point that Tapper is suddenly just as bad as the alt-right for criticizing her? Is she high? I mean that reads to me like nobody is allowed to criticize anything she says or does, lest they become part of the alt-right or suddenly become Islamophobic/appear to pander to Islamophobes, which were also some tweets I saw when I searched both her and Tapper’s names on Twitter. That disagreeing with or criticizing her is, in and of itself, Islamophobic and wrong and grants you a seat at the alt-right table. Which is obviously ridiculous for anyone with a lick of common sense.

This article by Yair Rosenberg is pretty good re: people being weary to criticize Sarsour alongside some of her questionable comments + views. A snippet:

This is also disgusting because the alt-right is full of anti-Semitic white supremacists and straight up Nazis, and Jake Tapper is Jewish. The article I linked above touches on this point. So to throw him in a group with the very people that would love to see him wiped off the face of the Earth is, at the very least, disgusting. At worst, it’s anti-Semitic imo.

This just goes back to what I said about not being happy that prominent people on the left are associating with her. I believe she says things to cause controversy and/or simply just has a lot of bad opinions + questionable views. I don’t support her, though I recognize that a lot of criticism she gets is because she’s a female Palestinian Muslim. But that doesn’t mean that all of the criticism she gets comes from a place of bigotry, and that’s something that really needs to be made clear. Nobody deserves a free pass to be a shitty person and/or say ludicrous things just because they’re part of a persecuted class of people.

i’m so tired.  for those of you who don’t know, at the chicago dyke march three women were told that their rainbow flags with the star of david on them were triggering others/ making them feel unsafe.

if you feel unsafe because i’m jewish and gay, you’re an antisemite.  if my religious symbol makes you uncomfortable, you’re an antisemite.  judaism does not equal zionism, and zionism does not equal support for the current israeli government.  in addition, a jew’s want for a place, preferably in israel, where they are free from persecution is not a racist statement.

if you believe the star of david is a racist symbol and you believe that my identity as a jewish lesbian is politically unacceptable, you’re an antisemite and you should unfollow asap.

First You Came for the Trans Women: An Open Letter to the Chicago Dyke March Collective

Core Members of the Chicago Dyke March Collective (CDMC),

I am a Jew. I am also the first trans woman to have been a member of your collective. I am writing in regards to your collective’s decision to ask three women carrying Jewish pride flags to leave the 2017 Chicago Dyke March.

My interest in questions regarding inclusion at the Chicago Dyke March goes at least as far back as 2009, the year when I became a core member of your collective. Almost immediately I became concerned when another core member violated a trans woman’s privacy in such a way that, had it happened to me, I would have considered it a violation of my sexual boundaries. In the backlash that ensued after I voiced my complaint other core members put their feelings before trans women’s need for safety and scapegoated me. It was only after the aforementioned core member of your collective violated my sexual boundaries, demonstrating even to the most loyal member of your collective that my concerns were justified, that the verbal abuse subsided. But still no justice. It was nearly two years before representatives of your collective met with me to talk about what had happened. Your collective made four promises to me and to Chicago’s queer and trans community. It immediately kept the only promise that required it to do nothing substantial—the promise to publicly apologize. To this day it has not kept its other three promises. But it has found new ways to hurt me, including publishing personal correspondence that had the potential to out me. The last time I asked CDMC about its cascading failure, it gave me no collective answer, but in 2012 one of its members responded in a way that now seems like eerie foreshadowing: She said that your collective owed me nothing because I had already gotten my “pound of flesh”, thus drawing a connection between me and an antisemitic caricature.

I am hardly the only one who wants answers from your collective. Many people are now asking, “Was the Chicago Dyke March Collective’s decision to ask three Jewish women to leave the march antisemitic?” It is a fair question. The political right likes to use divide-and-conquer schemes to keep us from uniting to confront oppression. As April Rosenblum argued in The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere, one of the most successful instances of this scheme has been the scapegoating of Jewish people to keep us from focusing on our real oppressors. Blaming diasporic Jewish people for the actions of the State of Israel is the latest variation on a theme at least as old as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Of course not all fair questions have “yes” as an answer. To find out if your collective’s actions play into systemic bias against Jewish people we need to look at the facts. I was not at the march, so I will charitably assume the account your collective gave in its statement is true. You wrote, “We have since learned that at least one of these individuals is a regional director for A Wider Bridge” (emphasis mine). Does it need to be said that what you learned about one of the Jewish women after you asked her to leave the march could not have been the reason you asked the women to leave the march? You also wrote that the women were “carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags”. If the flags you were referring to were like the one seen in a photograph published to the web site of the Windy City Times on Saturday, there was nothing superimposed on them besides Stars of David, making them no different from the Jewish pride flags I first saw at Dyke March in 2005 (five years before A Wider Bridge was founded). The Star of David is a symbol of Judaism and my people, the Jewish people, and there is nothing inherently Zionist about it. It is evident to me that your collective has put some people’s feelings before Jewish queer women’s need for queer community.

I find no comfort in your assurance that “anti-Zionist Jewish volunteers and supporters are welcome at Dyke March and were involved in conversations with the individuals who were asked to leave”. For one thing, Jewish people, including those of us who express our pride through the use of Jewish symbolism, should not have to be extensively educated on all political viewpoints before we can participate in an event that is purportedly for all “dyke, queer, and trans” people. For another, all too often Jewish people are subjected to a political litmus test that non-Jewish people are not. (Nobody asked me what my views on Palestine were before they found out I had Jewish ancestry. Such selective outspokenness on Palestine does a disservice to both Jews and Palestinians.) Finally, it reminds me of the reassurances I heard after your collective violated me—that there were trans people who nevertheless stood among you. The goal of solidarity is not to collect oppressed people to insulate yourself from criticism even while you crush us. Rather, the goal of solidarity is to stand with all who are being crushed throughout our struggles even while we resist internalized oppression. In 2010 your collective’s insistence that I was “welcome” to participate in a march with people who had hurt me did not stop your collective from violating me again. And in 2017 your collective’s insistence that the Jewish people you approve of are “welcome” to participate in a march where my people have been harassed does not make your collective any less antisemitic.

L’shalom,
Veronika Boundless

This D*ke March antisemitism is hitting me so hard. Of course all antisemitism hurts me, I’m Jewish. But it’s that much harder when it comes from another community of which I am also a part: I’m a lesbian. I’m consistently subjected to antisemitism in LGBT spaces under the guise of anti Zionism . But this? I’m going home to my family, who live exactly where Boy’s Town (the historic gay neighborhood in Chicago) and one of the biggest the Jewish neighbourhoods meet. Living there, in Chicago, as a Jewish Lesbian was the one place I really felt like could be authentically myself and true to all my intersecting identites. I always wanted to return, dreamed of raising a Jewish family there one day with my partner. Now that has been taken from me. That love, that sense of security, safety and acceptance. It’s gone. I just want people to know how personal this is for me so that when we’re talking about it, if you’re trying to defend the organizers of the March, you realize how real the impact of their actions is. For me and for people like me.

Some things that make me feel unsafe in public

- being asked if I’m Jewish because of the way my hair looks
- being interrogated about my personal political beliefs because I am identifiably Jewish
- being expected to denounce and apologize for Israel every time I want to be Jewish in public
- being told “I don’t hate Jews, but I’m pro-Palestine” in response to my Jewishness
- being told I’m going to hell for being Jewish
- non-Jews dictating to me what does and does not constitute antisemitism
- people who are not me and who don’t look like me engaging in endless debate about what “race” I belong to
- white supremacists telling me that I “control the world” and “should go back to Germany” while folks on the left tell me I benefit from white supremacy
- having to make a choice between queerness and Judaism

Noticeably absent from this list:
- seeing others’ religious symbols on display in public

I have some thoughts about Chicago Pride
  1. The Chicago Dyke March included everyone–except Jews
  2. This was because they made people feel “unsafe”
  3. People were claiming “pinkwashing”
  4. THEY USED THE STAR OF DAVID AS A COMPARISON TO THE SWASTIKA 
  5. “Well done Israel–Hitler would be proud” 

I hope you all are really proud of yourselves.

Hello everyone. Here are some photos of Israeli gay pride flags.

See how the top one is basically the Israeli flag (which is pictured below), but instead of white and blue stripes on the edges, it’s one half each of the rainbow? See how the one on the bottom is just the rainbow flag but with the Israeli flag placed in the upper right corner?

These pictures below show gay Jewish pride flags. They are just rainbow flags with a Magen David on top.

A flag with a Star of David in the center does not equal an Israeli flag. That would be like saying that these Muslim gay pride flags pictured below

are gay Turkish pride flags (Turkish flags are pictured below).

One thing that especially bothers me about the Chicago D*ke March is the implication that LGBT Jews merely existing is inherently pinkwashing. It politicizes LGBT Jewish identities by stating that all LGBT Jews exist to distract people from the Israel/Palestine conflict. And that is entirely antisemitic and a gross misrepresentation of LGBT Jews.

anonymous asked:

chicagodykemarchcollective org/2017/06/27/chicago-dyke-march-official-statement-on-2017-march-and-solidarity-with-palestine/ The Chicago dyke march people released a statement about what happened. It includes the line, "Zionism is an inherently white-supremacist ideology." I... I... I am speechless. I don't know how they managed to fuck it up that badly, but they did. I'm almost impressed. (they do know that white supremacists don't like Jews, right?) -pocket-knife (I have returned!)

What’s great about this – archived here – is not only that they doubled-down to excuse their antisemitism, but that they managed to completely destroy their position by failing to smear one of the Jewish women that was thrown out.

“It was later revealed that Laurel was aware of Dyke March’s anti-Zionist position from pro-Palestine memes and art that were posted on the Dyke March page, and was also aware of the fact that her flag could be interpreted as being at odds with that position.”

Oh? Is that true, Dyke March organisers? Well, that could change with the next messages that the March then poste–

Oh. So basically, they’ve managed to unironically put up messages that basically say that a Jewish woman was worried about using the flag that she’s been using for years because of some Facebook posts on the Dyke March’s page, one of the organisers admits to seeing it before and that the flag was fine, as well as saying that they were against antisemitism, and the Jewish woman was grateful for the quick chat…

And that translates as, again:

“It was later revealed that Laurel was aware of Dyke March’s anti-Zionist position from pro-Palestine memes and art that were posted on the Dyke March page, and was also aware of the fact that her flag could be interpreted as being at odds with that position.”

Wow. A Jewish woman saying that she’s worried about harassment over her nothing-to-do-with-Israel Jewish Pride flag is her “being aware” that antisemites would conflate Jewishness with Israel. Because a symbol of Jewishness “could be interpreted” as something that other Dyke Marchers might harass. 

Nice retroactive victim-blaming and obvious gaslighting there, Dyke March.

And that goes straight into the Dyke March saying:

“Upon arrival at the rally location in Piotrowski Park, Palestinian marchers approached those carrying the flags to learn more about their intentions, due to its similarity to the Israeli flag and the flag’s long history of use in Pinkwashing efforts. During the conversation, the individuals asserted their Zionist stance and support for Israel. At this point, Jewish allies and Dyke March organizers stepped in to help explain why Zionism was unacceptable at the march.”

So, again, a Jewish woman asked the organisers if she would be safe from harassment if she brought her Jewish Pride flag, since it was nothing to do with Israel. An organiser said it was fine because they’d seen it on previous marches. And then Dyke March organisers admit that the Jews were just marching until Palestinian marchers deliberately went over there to harass them for seeing nothing but a Star of David on the Jewish Pride flags.

“Anti-Zionism has nothing to do with antisemitism! But we’re going to presume that a universal symbol of Jewishness = Israel and deliberately go over to start antagonising Jews!”

The antagonists started a conversation about Israel. The Jews then tried to defend themselves, even though the earlier messages prove that they weren’t even there about Israel, but for themselves, and the organisers accepted that.

And then, to top it all off, the organisers then admit not to break up that antisemitic harassment, or say, “Hey, this is just a Jewish Pride flag, we’re not here to talk about Israel, they’re not even here to defend Israel, so separate.” No, they decided to continue the harassment of the Jews there and then eject them from the march entirely.

I’m not even going to go into their ramblings about attacking Israel, because Israel here isn’t the point. Actual Jews and actual antisemitism is the point. Israel here does not matter even one bit.

If the Dyke March organisers had tried to claim something like the Jews went over and started something with Palestinians, then I could say, “Well, they were being troublemakers when they knew it wasn’t going to go down, so that wasn’t antisemitism, that was their own fault.” 

But the Dyke March’s statement proves absolutely otherwise.

They reassured a Jewish woman, who made it clear she was only there for herself, that her Jewish Pride flag was good and she wouldn’t be harassed.

They then let her be harassed for her Jewish Pride flag by antisemites.

They then supported those antisemites to be antisemitic themselves.

They then get backlash online for their antisemitism.

And then they make a statement admitting that a universal symbol of Jewishness makes Jews an acceptable target for antisemitic harassment.

But they’re totally not antisemites, guys.

I got an ask a while back asking my opinion on if all lesbians could use “dyke” or if it was specific to butches and I didn’t answer because it didn’t seem on topic at the time but here we go

The only people who have ever told me not to call myself a dyke have been non-lesbians who took offense because they thought I was insulting myself, saying “oh honey! don’t say that! you are not that kind of lesbian”. It had nothing to do with protecting a butch word and everything to do with trying to separate me (someone they consider a friend, loved-one, a certified Good Lesbian) from the bad rap of butches.

And I think we all know who the primary target of “dyke” is and who has the most stake in it. Which is why the Chicago Dyke March trying to distance the word so desperately from butch lesbians (I mean, not just distancing, but condemning butches as the wrong way to be dykes) is such a mind-boggling level of bullshit. 

When I call myself a dyke what I am saying that you don’t get to separate me from your perception of what a “bad lesbian” is. You don’t get to categorize me as something softer and more appealing, you don’t get to pit me against my community and the women I love. The power of dyke exists because of its connection to butch lesbians. Trying to strip butches from the equation just strips it of its meaning