In defense of Alice Walker
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In general, I think delineating and policing the boundaries of inquiry and artistic pursuit is never a good idea. It is no exaggeration to say that Alice Walker is a cultural icon whose intellectual labour and imaginative creativity contributed to the moral advancement of American society. Yet the ways in which she has been simply dismissed and disposed of as an anti-Semite have been stunningly swift, decisive, and defamatory.
It is for this reason that I feel compelled to respond, even at this late hour and despite the attacks I am likely to receive. It is also because I have been asked, as a Palestinian writer and member of several collectives, by some of our allies to denounce her; and because Ms Walker is a thoughtful, compassionate and brilliant woman who deserves better from us.
Her poem begins with the shock of being called an anti-Semite for daring to suggest universal human dignity belongs to Palestinians, too. It goes on to examine Israel’s unfathomably cruel and unrelentingly violent treatment of indigenous Palestinians. From there, Ms Walker searches the Talmud for answers. Then she calls out passages that uphold Jewish supremacy and anti-Gentile (goyim) values.
I mean doesn’t everybody know that the israelis have a perfect right to steal land/property and kill Palestinian children?
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
January 6, 2019 at 1:06 PM #9116Ohio BarbarianModerator
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terrible at it. No matter. It is well past time that Americans, and our leaders, get past this nonsense that criticism of Israeli government policy is equivalent to anti-Semitism, just as criticism of Nazism is not the same thing at all as being anti-German or hating all German people.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
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January 6, 2019 at 3:19 PM #9157
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