Linda Sarsour is the Left’s Richard Spencer. The two share a common bond in their ethno-supremacist ideals, calls to reject assimilation, anti-Semitism, and frequent conspiracy-mongering.
Spencer is a eugenicist who believes the path to prosperity lies in creating a “post-American,” white “ethno-state” by promoting policies that benefit only white people.
Sarsour often shares her belief that only Arabs have the right to self-determination in the land of Israel, not the Jews who also live there. Additionally, Sarsour led a campaign called “Check It Right, You Ain’t White,” pushing for a unique ethnic identifier for Arab-Americans in the U.S. census. She was once the executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, an outfit often engaged in racist, ethno-supremacist advocacy.
Spencer views the American melting pot ideal as a fundamental threat to his identity. He once wrote:
“Hispanic immigrants have been assimilating downward across generations towards the culture and behavior of African-Americans. Indeed, one possible outcome of the ongoing demographic transformation is a thoroughly miscegenated, and thus homogenous and ‘assimilated,’ nation, which would have little resemblance to the White America that came before it.”
Spencer has also taken to social media to express his opposition to assimilation.
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Sarsour made waves last week when footage surfaced (first reported by Conservative Review) of her calling for Muslims not to assimilate into the United States.“Our number one priority is to protect and defend our community. It is not to assimilate and to please any other person in authority,” she said. “And our top priority … is to please Allah, and only Allah.”
Appearing in 2015 on MSNBC, Sarsour said there was an Islamophobia epidemic in the U.S., declaring: “We can’t change who we are. We can’t integrate and assimilate.”
Spencer is an out-of-the-closet white supremacist and is also openly anti-Semitic (he doesn’t consider Jews to be white people). He believes white non-Jews should live separately from Jews, who he alleges have a corrupting influence. At a 2016 conference hosted by Spencer’s organization, he led the audience in Nazi salutes.
Sarsour is a prominent leader of the BDS movement to boycott the world’s only Jewish state. She once wrote that “nothing is creepier than Zionism,” a movement that re-established a Jewish homeland in the land of Israel. She believes that one cannot be both a feminist and a supporter of the Jews’ right to a homeland, arguing that taking both positions is contradictory.
Moreover, Sarsour is a comrade to Louis Farrakhan, whom the Anti-Defamation League considers “the leading anti-Semite in America.” She often shares a platform with Farrakhan at rallies and events. Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj (who is Sarsour’s chief mentor) is strongly connected with anti-Semitic, Nazi-supporting preachers.
Spencer often blames his downfalls on a Jewish plot. He often entertains conspiracy theories attempting to absolve white people of European descent from blame in atrocities such as the Holocaust and Apartheid in South Africa.
When Sarsour was rightly condemned for her call for “jihad” against President Trump, she pointed to a “right wing Zionist” media conspiracy that seeks her destruction. She often claims that United States law enforcement is waging a clandestine war against her Muslim community.
With so much that they have in common, it should come as no surprise that Sarsour’s and Spencer’s ideological forebears struck an alliance during World War II, one that was based on many of the aforementioned common interests. In 1941, Palestinian Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini agreed to work with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany toward their mutual goals. The Mufti later recruited tens of thousands of Muslim fighters for a Nazi SS unit. SS Chief Heinrich Himmler was impressed by al-Husseini, saying he had “been closely following” the Arabs’ war “against the Jewish invaders.” Himmler ended his note wishing the Mufti “the continuation of your battle until the big victory.”
Right v. Left
Richard Spencer is rejected as a fringe, hateful figure by the entirety of the conservative movement. Not a single Republican member of Congress or prominent conservative institution has given Spencer a platform to articulate his racist hate-mongering. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Sarsour, who maintains bona fides through an array of mainstream, prominent progressive leaders and several leftist media outlets. Sarsour acted as a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders and receives gleeful profiles in the Huffington Post, Salon, Slate, and countless other platforms.
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