Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker has come under criticism for recommending a book full of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in a recent New York Times interview.
In the profile, which focused on book habits, Walker was asked what is currently on her nightstand. She mentioned four books, one of which was And the Truth Shall Set You Free by David Icke, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist.
“In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about,” Walker said. “A curious person’s dream come true.”Buzzfeed News
So the New York Times does this column where they ask authors and shit about what books they’re reading at the moment. This week, the author was Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker, who was the first black woman to win the prize for The Color Purple in 1983.
And boy howdy does Ms. Walker have a book for you. It’s, ya know, the one about the Jews being responsible for the Holocaust AND the KKK…
Tablet Magazine, one of the first news outlets to point out the author’s suggestion, wrote an article about some of the troubling details in Icke’s book.
Tablet noted that Icke is one of Britain’s most well-known anti-Semites. The outlet also wrote about the content in the book, like suggesting that one of the world’s oldest Jewish organizations — B’nai Brith — was somehow responsible for the slave trade in addition to operating the Ku Klux Klan. He’s also simultaneously and falsely claims both that Jewish people funded Adolf Hitler, though he casts doubt that the Holocaust occurred.Buzzfeed News
That’s not a good look for Alice Walker & Co. Although, lizards creating the Illuminati is a theory I can get behind.
Icke is also a prominent proponent of the false conspiracy theory that lizards, posing as people, have taken over the highest echelons of government and society.Buzzfeed News
I think Stan Lee was onto something similar before he died.
When people read the article and, for some reason, were not thrilled with it, Walker doubled down by writing a poem on her website Alice Walker’s Garden dot com.
“For a more in depth study I recommend starting with YouTube.”
I mean Jesus Christ bro, if you’re going to defend the torturing and murdering of millions of people you should probably come with a better source than YouTube. That’s worse than citing Wikipedia on a god damn dissertation.