Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour, who is also the co-chair of the Women’s March, gave an extremely powerful five-minute speech to a massive crowd protesting Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric just a day after his inauguration.
“Sisters and brothers, you are what democracy looks like; sisters and brothers, you are my hope for my community,” said the rising Muslim activist who advocates for the rights of women of color.
However, for the right-wing online users and anti-Muslim websites this was unacceptable. Therefore, they did what they know how to do best — falsely accuse her of things she hasn’t done.
Soon after her history-making speech, the director of the Arab American Association of New York, member of the police reform group the Justice League and the 2012 recipient of a Champion of Change award from former President Barack Obama, faced intense Islamophobic backlash.
White supremacists and bigots linked her with ISIS and terrorism after digging up on her social media activities. The Daily Caller, The American Thinker and The Gateway Pundit, along with other anti-Muslim sites, published judgmental articles about Sarsour full of misogynist slurs, criticizing her of supporting the Sharia law in the United States.
“It’s a shame that the alt-right would spend their time putting out falsehood and discrediting a proven effective activist and leader,” Sarsour told The Huffington Post.
“I am still unapologetically Muslim-American and proud. I am grateful for the outpouring of support and still committed to fighting for justice for all communities and against fascism.”
Following the online harassment, she asked everyone for “extra prayers.”
While it was a traumatic moment for Sansour, she also gained the love and support of major right groups, celebrities, faith leaders, politicians and the general audience at a massive scale.
“Twitter mentions are now overpowered by love from celebrities, high-profile activists, faith leaders and ordinary people. It’s remarkable,” she said.
Soon the hashtag #IMarchWithLinda started trending.
Former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders also appreciated her efforts and showed support to her cause.
Sarsour has been a vocal supporter of the Democratic American politician.
New York State Sen. Gustavo Rivera also asked his followers on Facebook to support and protect her.
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