We’ve commented previously on American author Alice Walker, focusing primarily of her participation in the Freedom Flotilla II, the second attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, as well her decision to prohibit the Hebrew translation of her most famous book, The Color Purple. We’ve also cited the following quotes:
“Jesus, a Palestinian – is still being crucified.” (Alice Walker’s blog, per CAMERA)
“[Israeli] settlers are the [Ku Klux] Klan” (Alice Walker, during interview with Jesse Rosenfeld.)
“I think Israel is the greatest terrorist in that part of the world. And I think in general, the United States and Israel are great terrorist organizations themselves”. (Alice Walker, Foreign Policy, in June, 2011.)
The most recent news on Walker has centered around publication of her latest book, The Cushion in the Road – a collection of her “meditations” on a wide range of topics, including Israel and the Jews. In addition to characterizing Israeli behavior as genocidal, and defending Palestinian suicide bombing, Walker asserts in her book that Israelis behave so immorally because they believe in “Jewish supremacy,” and makes several explicit comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany.
Anti-Defamation League’s review of the book notes the following:
She even reflects on an encounter with a young Israeli soldier at a checkpoint and says about the experience, “I couldn’t bring myself to use the “N” word, but I did say [to him]: Don’t you think this behavior – insulting, threatening, humiliating – makes you all seem rather Germanesque? I meant the old Germanesque of the late thirties and early forties, not the current Germanesque.”
Walker is also a blogger, a forum she’s used to express her enthusiastic support for the antisemitic conspiracy theorist David Icke – and has explicitly endorsed his belief that an “alien” race of reptiles is seeking to rule the world by monopolizing the gold supply.
Naturally, such erudition, wisdom and insight into the ‘secret life’ of Jews (and amniotes) inspired ‘Comment is Free’ editors to provide their readers with Walker’s views on the recent acquittal in Florida of George Zimmerman. Especially noteworthy in her short 347 word July 16 ‘CiF’ essay were the following passages:
Contemplating Zimmerman’s exoneration for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a letter to a friend yesterday, I wrote this, with a few thoughts added today:
Just heard the Zimmerman verdict. It makes me think of the man given the “pleasure” of assassinating Che Guevara. He was young, and it was his birthday. He was strutting and proud to be offered this “work”, as Che stood bleeding, weakened and alone, before him.
Guevara of course was the late Argentine Marxist who rose to the role of Fidel Castro’s chief executioner. Under his own gun dozens of Cubans found guilty of counter-revolutionary activity were killed, while under his direct orders over a thousand crumpled to deaths in front of firing squads.
Additionally, as Thor Halverssen, of Human Rights Foundation, wrote about the human rights legacy of the leftist cultural icon affectionately known as ‘Che':
The Cuban revolution under the direction of Guevara also saw the rise of forced labor camps which gave way a few years later to full-scale concentration camps. These were filled with dissidents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Afro-Cuban priests, and anyone else who had committed “crimes” against the new moral revolution.
Finally, Walker’s decision to evoke Guevara in the context of Trayvon Martin’s tragic death is especially audacious in light of Che’s racism towards blacks, per his own diary which included the following entry written upon returning from Africa:
“The negro is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.
Whether espousing explicit antisemitism, defending Palestinian suicide bombers and paying tribute to radical chic ‘anti-imperialist’ mass murderers, Walker is about the last person who should be taken seriously on the issues of race and bigotry. And, the fact that she was imputed with such moral authority by ‘CiF’ editors is a remarkable commentary on the continuing perversion of true progressive thought at a media group which, however risibly, still fancies itself the world’s “leading liberal voice”.