January 15, 2019
News Press Release

UNC-Asheville, What More Do You Need? – Tamika Mallory Still Won’t Condemn Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism – Rescind Her Invite to Keynote at MLK Event

Tamika Mallory's Instagram post with Louis Farrakhan

On January 11, 2019, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) urged the University of North Carolina-Asheville to rescind its invitation to Tamika Mallory to be the keynote speaker at the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration beginning on January 19.  In a letter to Chancellor Nancy J. Cable and Interim Provost Karin Peterson, the ZOA detailed Mallory’s expressions and tolerance of anti-Semitism, including her enthusiasm for Louis Farrakhan, a vicious anti-Semite, homophobe and misogynist who has described Adolph Hitler as “a very great man” and compared Jews to termites.  In 2017, Mallory posted a photo of herself with Farrakhan, both of them smiling and Farrakhan’s arm around her, with a message referring to Farrakhan as the “GOAT” – an acronym for the Greatest of All Time. 

Given Mallory’s continuing refusal to condemn Louis Farrakhan’s Jew-hatred, it degrades Dr. King’s legacy and sends a horrible and destructive message to your university community to honor her.  Choose someone who truly embraces Dr. King’s beliefs and values, including his abhorrence of anti-Semitism and love for Israel.

Chancellor Cable and Provost Peterson have not responded to the ZOA’s letter and Mallory is still scheduled to be the keynote speaker – even though yesterday, Mallory once again refused the opportunity to publicly condemn Farrakhan and his anti-Semitism when she was expressly asked about it in an interview on television’s “The View.”

Here is Mallory’s exchange with “View” co-host Meghan McCain:

Mallory: “I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”

McCain:  “Specifically about Jewish people?”

Mallory:  “As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”

McCain: “Do you condemn them?”

Mallory:  “I don’t agree with these statements . . .”

McCain:  “You won’t condemn it.”

Mallory:  “No, no, no, to be very clear, it’s not my language, it’s not the way that I speak.”

Given Mallory’s continuing refusal to distance herself and condemn Farrakhan’s hatred toward Jews, ZOA National President Morton A. Klein implored UNC-Asheville to rescind Mallory’s speaking invitation:  “Chancellor Cable and Provost Peterson, you have all the evidence you could possibly need to conclude that Tamika Mallory is a disgraceful and insulting choice to deliver the keynote address at the university’s upcoming celebration of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.

“Dr. King was an ardent Zionist and a dear friend to the Jewish people.  Mallory has shown us that she’s the opposite.  Given Mallory’s continuing refusal to condemn Louis Farrakhan’s Jew-hatred, it degrades Dr. King’s legacy and sends a horrible and destructive message to your university community to honor her.  Choose someone who truly embraces Dr. King’s beliefs and values, including his abhorrence of anti-Semitism and love for Israel.”