Alice Walker’s conspiracy theories aren’t just anti-Semitic — they’re anti-Black

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on Apr 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. (photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
Ultimately defeating anti-Jewish and anti-Black prejudice in our communities depends on principled solidarity and rejection of the tropes created by white supremacy.

By Rebecca Pierce | Forward | Dec 19, 2018

The anti-Jewish tropes found in Icke’s writings are steeped in the ideology of white supremacy and white power, which casts Jews as simultaneously a perennial social other, a communist scourge and somehow in control of world banking, politics and media.

Every generation that struggles against oppression stands on the shoulders of those who came before us. But even as we honor those who taught us, we must also challenge them when they stray from the path of fighting for justice, and fall into the trap of stigmatizing one community to uplift another.

For Black feminists, The Color Purple author and activist Alice Walker has long been a luminary and leader, guiding us on a path towards personal and collective liberation through her work. Unfortunately, this week many of us find ourselves in the painful but necessary position of having to push back on anti-Jewish words and endorsements that are especially harmful coming from someone so influential in the fight against patriarchy and white supremacy.

In an interview with The New York Times Book Review this week, Walker recommended “And the Truth Shall Set You Free” by British conspiracy theorist David Icke, a book that alleges the existence of a Jewish-influenced cabal set on world domination and positively cites notorious anti-Jewish forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The book also blames Jews for hate crimes against their own communities and supports Holocaust denial being taught in schools to counterbalance the history of the Holocaust itself.

Icke is also perhaps most widely known for his promotion of “reptilian” conspiracy theories, which allege alien lizard people are controlling our politics and species, an idea prominent in the Youtube rantings of Alex Jones.

In the New York Times interview, Walker glowingly described Icke’s book as “a curious person’s dream come true” with no comment or critique from the interviewer.

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