Bitter Feud Erupts Over Black Women’s March On Yom Kippur by the Forward

Bitter Feud Erupts Over Black Women’s March On Yom Kippur

Image by Getty

A prominent feminist organization’s decision to join a march for black women scheduled on Yom Kippur has led to bitter infighting and accusations of racism and anti-Semitism between members, Buzzfeed News reported.

The National Organization for Women, one of the oldest and largest feminist groups in the country, partnered with Blue Women’s Blueprint, Inc. for the group’s Black Women’s March in D.C. The march was then scheduled on September 30 — Yom Kippur — leading to a flurry of internal criticism over the decision to join the march.

“The members we lose over this we will replace with the ones we recruit at the March,” NOW board member Jocelyn Morris wrote in an email praising NOW staff for how they handled the complaints about the Yom Kippur scheduling.

Marilyn Fitterman, a longtime member of NOW and a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, quit NOW last week, citing the scheduling decision — and the organization’s subsequent endorsement of the march.

“NEVER AGAIN,” Fitterman wrote on Facebook.

In the comments of her post, other NOW members accused Fitterman of “racism and white supremacy.”

Contact Ari Feldman at feldman@forward.com or on Twitter @aefeldman.

Author

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. He covers Jewish religious organizations, synagogue life, anti-Semitism and the Orthodox world. If you have any tips, you can email him at feldman@forward.com. Follow him on Twitter @aefeldman.

Bitter Feud Erupts Over Black Women’s March On Yom Kippur

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Bitter Feud Erupts Over Black Women’s March On Yom Kippur

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close