Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza has repeatedly praised far-left activist Linda Sarsour, calling her a “badass,” “excellent,” and “resilient,” while helping Sarsour promote a new book.
Garza’s remarks came during an April 22nd virtual interview hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.
The hour-long exchange between Garza and Sarsour served to promote Sarsour’s new book, We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance.
Throughout the event, Garza repeatedly fawned over the controversial activist, known for leading the 2017 Women’s March, being openly hostile to Jews, and affiliating with virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Even the CEO of the far-left Anti-Defamation League has accused her of “fomenting” anti-Semitism.
Despite this, Garza fawned over Sarsour, who she labeled her “badass friend”:
“Let me just start off with a basic question I like to ask all of my badass friends. Were you just born excellent or what happened?”[embedded content]
Garza lauded Sarsour again, asking how she went from “dope homegirl” to leading “incredible movements”:
“How did you go from dope homegirl to leading all these incredible movements that have literally changed the landscape of this country?”
“I am so so excited to be in conversation today with my sister Linda Sarsour,” she continued, unable to contain her excitement over the prospect of interviewing Sarsour.
Garza also inquired about “the resilience [Sarsour’s] been able to generate that makes [her] a badass leader,” signaling admiration for her “unabashedness”:
“How did you find the power inside of yourself and in your community to be resilient and even more unabashed in the face of those really really terrible attacks?”
“You are literally unstoppable. Look at you, building like the largest civic engagement organization in the country, mobilizing, activating, and engaging Muslim communities in democracy. You’re also, you know, out here just like making things happen,” she opined.
While Sarsour’s past comments provide no shortage of controversy, even leading Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden to rebuke her appearance at the Democratic National Convention, her remarks during the interview were equally striking.
Declaring “I’m radical, and I’m proud of it,” Sarsour insisted “you’re never too young to be radicalized” before telling viewers she was writing a version of her book oriented for a younger audience of “fourth, fiffth grade through maybe seventh grade” along with a picture book.
Sarsour also insisted that she is so deeply committed to her activism she is “not afraid to die”:
One of the things that has kept me going and it’s something that I tell people and that scares people when I say this because they want to know how did I get here. I’m actually not afraid to die. I really am not and because of that I continue to go back out, back out, back out, and continue to do the work. And if a consequence means I’m going to lose my life for it, I have come to terms with that.
When Garza asked Sarsour to surmise a “60-second idea to change the world,” Sarsour responded that she’d make “every mayor, every governor, and the White House black women.”
As Black Lives Matter continues to attract attention in light of its role in riots plaguing the U.S., unearthed links continue to reveal the group’s affiliation with Marxist and anti-Semitic elements on the left.