An Interview After Tamika Mallory talk at UNCA

Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory

Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory

Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory’s Martin Luther King Junior keynote address at the University of North Carolina Asheville was overshadowed by controversy that’s caused factions within the national movement. Members of Carolina Jews for Justice/West were in attendance and met with her before the speech along with students and leaders representing the local Jewish community.

“Having met with her today, shaken her hand. I don’t believe she’s an anti-Semite,” Frank Goldsmith, who’s on the board of Carolina Jews for Justice, said. “I think it’s illusory for people to put that label on her, based upon an association with Farrakhan.”

Frank says during their meeting, Mallory showed remorse for the hurt Farrakhan's divisive rhetoric has caused.  “I think we owe her the respect of listening to her and reflecting on the arrogance that it takes to try tell this woman of color, who’s a national leader, how she should express herself. I don’t think that’s our place to do,” Goldsmith said.

A full article about the speech and the controversy is here.