The Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker has come under fire for a New York Times interview in which she endorsed a book by David Icke, the prominent conspiracy theorist, who has been accused of anti-Semitism.
Many critics called Icke’s book, “And the Truth Shall Set You Free,” anti-Semitic, their reason being its Holocaust revisionism, plus the title has been borrowed by followers of QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy movement.
But Alice Walker, in her New York Times interview published in print on Sunday, calls Icke’s book a “curious person’s dream come true.” She said that the 1995 book was among those resting on her nightstand. “In Icke’s books there is the whole of existence, on this planet and several others, to think about,” she said.
She had also previously declared in a poem last year, that the evils of the Talmud could be discovered by watching YouTube videos. This, coupled with her endorsement of Icke, stirred the internet.
See some of the reactions below:
Alice Walker has been anti-Semitic for years. I talk about it at my events when I talk about how much I appreciate Possessing the Secret of Joy.
— roxane gay (@rgay) December 17, 2018
that alice walker news is dispiriting but what’s more is the sense that we have to walk on eggshells regarding her promotion of a conspiracy theorist anti-semite because she’s a beloved black writer
— doreen st. félix (@dstfelix) December 17, 2018
*sees why Alice Walker is trending* pic.twitter.com/1d7vvpnSU0
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) December 17, 2018
The David Icke that Alice Walker is reading IS the guy with the reptilian conspiracy theory who says weird shit about Jewish people and the Holocaust, weirdly. https://t.co/XqMtTCyIjz
— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) December 13, 2018
This Alice Walker thing is really fucking sad and it makes me angry that she can’t see that the anti-Jewish conspiracies she uplifted and adopted are part of the same white supremacist power structure she so deftly fought through her written work in the past
— Rebecca Pierce🕸 (@aptly_engineerd) December 17, 2018