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Alice Walker’s Bigotry

June 20, 2012 9:59 am 37 comments

Author Alice Walker. Photo: wiki commons.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Alice Walker, who has a long history of supporting terrorism against Israel, has now resorted to bigotry and censorship against Hebrew speaking readers of her writings.  She has refused to allow The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew.  This is the moral and legal equivalent of neo-Nazi author David Duke disallowing his books to be sold to Black and Jewish readers.

There is an appropriate moral and legal response to Walker’s bigotry.  The publisher who had sought permission to publish Walker’s book in Hebrew should simply go ahead and do it—without her permission and over her objection.  Walker could then sue for copyright infringement, and the issue would be squarely posed whether copyright laws, which are designed to encourage the promotion of literature, can be used to censor writings and prevent certain people from having access to it, based upon the language they read.

The laws of most Western countries prohibit discrimination based on race, religion and national origin.  Walker is guilty of violating both the spirit and the letter of such laws.  The laws of copyright should not be permitted to be used in the service of bigotry and censorship.  But even if it were lawful for Walker to prevent Hebrew speakers from reading her book, it would be immoral to do so, and the publisher might well consider engaging in an act of civil disobedience, as Walker herself has done.  Walker participated in unlawful efforts to break Israel’s entirely lawful military blockade of the Gaza Strip—a blockade designed to prevent Hamas and other terrorist groups from bringing to Gaza weapons that are aimed at Israeli civilians.  In doing so, she has provided material support for terrorism, in violation of the law of the United States and several other countries.  Her bigotry against the Jewish state and in support of terrorists knows no bounds.  Now she is even prepared to impose censorship of her own writings as a tool in support of terrorism.

She should not be permitted to get away with such bigotry.  Nor should her actions be seen as morally elevated.

The laws of copyright were certainly not designed to encourage or even permit selective censorship based on national origin or religion.  I am confident that reasonable courts would rule against Walker if she sought to sue a publisher who refused to go along with her bigoted censorship.  Inaction in the face of bigotry is unacceptable.  Alice Walker’s bigotry should be responded to by turning her own weapon—the written word—against her.  Her writings should be published in Hebrew, whether she likes it or not, and the royalties should be contributed to the NAACP and other civil rights organizations that understand the true meaning of fighting against bigotry and real apartheid.

37 Comments

  • I can’t wait to hear about all of her american jewish friends she hangs with!!!

  • Alice Walker ‘s fight for her race is a noble cause and may have had its roots in righteousness. But, alas, over the years, she had become so stuffed with her own importance that she believes that she knows it all, and is now simply and wrongly a self-righteous individual. This is where Alice Walker’s bigotry has its roots. Shame on you Alice, you forgot the meaning of right and wrong and you only know what is ion your own limited and narrow mind.

  • The forbidden fruit is the fig, the begotten son is Isaac. There are only four colors of man: white, red, black, pale. (Revelation 6) Black people’s heritage *Jeremiah 17:4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. (The Israelites were in bondage, *Deuteronomy 28:68*. Synagogue Jews were never in bondage to any man *John 8:33

  • Why did God call the synagogue Satan, in revelation 2:9? Why did the Lord say Trust not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord in Jeremiah 7:4. The world is afraid of truth, and have rejected the grace of God (Genesis 33:15), by following Esau culture, (Hebrews 12:17) who is a cunning hunter of themselves first, a lover of the world (1st John 2:15)

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • There is just no excuse for prohibiting that a book be published in a certain language — no matter what the language, nor what the political situation or views of the author. Books are created to be read, by everyone — universal access to books is the foundation of our world culture and civilization since the printing press was invented. And, is often the impetus for cultural change and creativity. There is no rational argument for not allowing that a book be printed in one language. Books are not like any other good or service that can be withheld from a country if you are attempting a boycott. Books are knowledge, and knowledge should always be spread far and wide to those who seek it. Would Ms. Walker have prevented her books being read in apartheid South Africa, because she was boycotting the political system? I doubt it.
    Prof. Dershowitz is correct: the publisher should publish and wait for the lawsuit. They can even set up a “defense fund” and ask for contributions.

  • The media will never say this is the truth, they only give opinions. No man will ever ask the state of Israel who is their God? Remember the first shall be last, and who is calling themselves first? Who said put the country first? Is the Torah over the Bible? Is the star of David over the star of Jacob? Is king Solomon over Joseph? But who wiser than Daniel? The world belongs to Satan. Esau, is a manner of people just as Jacob is tribal. Salvation is grace and truth. Pride will fall.

  • T.E. Barnes Jr. confuses legitimate criticism of Israeli policies with Alice Walker’s blatant Jew-hatred. Had Ms. Walker confined her remarks to criticism of Israeli policies there would be no problem. However, for her to say that Israelis are not worthy of reading her mediocre work is way beyond fair, and can only be construed as Jew-hatred. I’m curious what other languages Ms. Walker has forbidden her work to be translated into. She has recently been quoted as saying that literature “is important in bridging differences.” Yet she refuses to allow the Israelis to read her literature and perhaps learn to bridge their differences with her beloved Palestinians. Yes, Ms. Walker, you may speak in glowing terms of peace and love, yet your actions, for which you are responsible and must be judged, are those of a Jew-hater.

  • Our collective human nature is bad and good.

    working toward being a blessing among the nations is to act and think like what? The jews have so much more than this woman with the Torah and the way to deal with abuse.The Jews have the soul connection to Hashem and she does not.

    There are Rabbi’s who deal with abused Jews and I wonder how they would advise to go with this issues with Alice Walker?

    She is an author and an author should be more responsible acting. and she is not. She is in a very bad place and may not make it to heaven with her behavior she is worse off than anyone i can think of as an individual with G-D…think of her broken soul hovering the earth forever and then how to fix it up before it is too late? How does one elicit others to have compassion toward them when they do not.

    We should think first before writing bad words but not be apathetic to this responsibility because what does G-D hear from each one..it is understandable

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H

    Howard, you are to a great extent right. I would just suggest that the book be translated, as you say, but that the royalties be paid – to ME, to support and care for ISRAELI CATS who are victimized to a good extent by everyone instead of appreciated for the tremendous role they play here in protecting the population against undesirable elements – mice, rats, all kinds of creepy-crawlies, including snakes, etc. Only cats can deal with these. One third should go to the cats, two-thirds should go to providing healthy fresh produce for all the people of low-income brackets here in Israel. If our performance for klal Yisrael is great now, just wait and see how it will be if some of the little pale-faces here get some decent food instead of just chali inside their little tummies !

  • Ugh.. I actually agree with Howard.. This person is gaining more attention than she deserves.. She needs to lose all the media attention and allow her to drift into oblivion .. I am not interested in putting one more shechkle into her pocket!
    Shameful !

  • This isn’t surprising, given Walker’s history, which David Swindle summarizes fairly in this FrontPage Magazine article:
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/07/15/alice-walker-the-war-against-the-jews-and-human-sacrifice/

    Walker is not alone when it comes to 1960’s civil rights activists who worked side-by-side with Jews but, following the assassination of Dr. King and the subsequent rise of the Black Power movement, have since then worked assiduously to erase the fact that the Jewish community provided critical and disproportionate help to black organizations and individuals leading the civil rights movement.

    What frustrates me so much about Jewish liberals today is their refusal to admit that despite our support for black and gay civil rights, for feminism, for reproductive rights–virtually all the major civil rights struggles that have been waged starting in the last century, NO ONE is here to support the Jews and the one issue for which we seek others’ support: peace and security for Israel.

    Instead of sticking their necks out for us, as we did for them when it was needed, our “allies” on the left demand that we take shame in who we are and abandon Israel. With straight faces, they insist that they have taken up the Palestinian cause in the name of human rights and social justice. Well, your decade’s-long and uninterrupted silence while Palestinian and Muslim terrorists murdered Israelis, Jews and Americans around the world tells me all I need to know about your concern for human rights and social justice.

    I think Mr. Dershowitz has a great idea, as far as challenging Walker by publishing her works in Hebrew. But if the royalties are to be donated anywhere, let them be donated to people or organizations that protect and defend Israel; not the NAACP.

  • There is eternal shame on STEVEN SPEILBERG as a Jew for having anything to do with an antisemite like Alice Walker. He represents another example of a totally naive liberal Jew who lives in denial when it comes to antisemitism.

  • Howard Stein

    So, don’t publish her books. She’s not that important an author and why give her an importance she doesn’t deserve (and why add to her income)which publishing her work would surely do. Jew’s are avid readers and Hebrew editions would probably sell well whether or not they are worth reading.

    The only work of hers I am familiar with is the movie version of “The Color Purple” which is as phony as its author.

    Can’t you just ignore this run of the mill Jew hater?

  • Same old same old…if you criticize Israeli policies you are automatically a racist, bigoted anti-semite. There can be no other label; one or the other.

  • Why is the state of Israel against the Arabs and Syrians, when they themselves are called semites also. Semite, means, member of a speech family comprising Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, descendants of shem. Shem spoke in tongues, (1st Corinthians 14:22). Who is calling God a liar?

    • The state of Israel is not against the Arabs. In fact, Arabs are members of the Israel Knesset. How many Jews are involved in decision making in any of the Arab countries? Come to think of it, how many Jews are allowed to practice their religion openly in any Arab country? (How many Christians are allowed to practice their religion openly in any Arab country?)Israel never threatened to drive the Arabs into the sea. The Arab countries had made that kind of claim about driving all of the Jews in Israel.

    • What an overly simple and puerile view of the middle east.
      If speech were the issue, that would be perfectly fine. However you fail to recognize that not only have Arabs and Syrians nations gone to war four times since Israel won its independence some 70 years ago, but also that the negotiating position of many on the other side of the Israel issue is basically that “all jews must die”.

    • Dear kevobx, your question is age-worn, suggesting that since Arabs are semitic people, it is possible to be against Israel and Jews and not be anti-semitic. The historical fact is that the term “anti-semitic” has always referred to prejudice against the Jewish people. One aspect of anti-semitism, is the delegitimizing of Judaism, Jews, and Israel. Even the term that represents the tradition of Jew-hatred which has included being hunted, isolated, and murdered, is being twisted in today’s political environment so that it does not refer to just Jews, as you suggest. So, quite obviously, bx, you are a part of the world tradition of the Jew hatred known as anti-semitism. Be proud of it, don’t try to hide it behind some kind of rationale.

    • What a load of nonsense you talk. It is universally accepted that the word anti-Semitism refers to hatred of Jews – and solely Jews. Not hatred of any other Semitic ethnicity. The term was coined by Willhelm Marr back in the 1800s as a euphemism for Judenhass, i.e. Jew-hatred. Antisemitism sounds so much more civilized, don’t you know?

  • A semite is not apart of Jacob twelve tribes of Israel, but are the decendants of Esau, the Edomites! What can the world do against grace and truth, but lie in their pride. Heritage is tribal, culture is worldly, like who art thou? John 1:19 equals *Genesis 27:32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, the firstborn Esau. (Hebrews 12:17 equals Genesis 33:15)

    • And here you go again, talking yet more bigoted rubbish.

      The word Semite stems from the name of one of the sons of Noah, Shem, who was the father of the Hebrews, i.e. the Jews.

      Now go and crawl back into your hole.

  • No one should read her book. She is a lowlife Anti Semite and a lowlife racist.

    • Steven, I agree with you In fact if the book is translated into Hebrew, Alice Walker would earn more money from the people who would buy the book in Hebrew. So, why even bother.

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