Here’s something extra horrifying.  Alice Walker is the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist who wrote “The Color Purple.” When the New York Times interviewed her for their Sunday Book Review, however, things went bad fast.  RealClearPolitics reports that her answer to the very first question — “What books are on your nightstand?” — was truly disturbing:

The second book Walker named was “And the Truth Shall Set You Free” by the British conspiracy theorist David Icke. The book is so repellently anti-Semitic that Icke’s usual publisher wouldn’t touch it. Among other things, it endorses that hoary anti-Semitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which blames evil Jews for much of the world’s ills. The book also suggests that schools ought to balance lessons on the Holocaust with some questioning whether it ever even happened, and it reveals that the world is run by a cabal of giant, shape-shifting lizards, many of whom just happen to be Jewish.

Readers of the New York Times were appropriately aghast that the newspaper allowed that sort of Anti-Semitic book mention to be published unchecked.  At least they should’ve followed up with a question about why on earth she was reading such filth.  But the newspaper’s response was lackluster and defensive:

In its response, the paper conceded that Icke “has been accused of anti-Semitism,” a bit like conceding that David Duke has been accused of racism. Walker, who last year posted the poem “It Is Our (Frightful) Duty To Study The Talmud” on her blog, is beyond mere accusation. She’s the genuine anti-Semitic article. Apparently informed by her odd reading of the ancient Jewish text, Walker’s 2017 poem asked some questions: “Are Goyim (us) meant to be slaves of Jews?” “Are three year old (and a day) girls eligible for marriage and intercourse? Are young boys fair game for rape?”

The book review editor, Pamela Paul decided to answer some questions about this interview, like — for example — why they didn’t press Walker on her racist book choice.

“We never question people on their choices,” Paul said.  “The people’s answers are a reflection of their opinions, tastes and judgment. Our readers are intelligent and discerning. We trust them to sift through something which someone says in an interview, whether it’s the president or a musician or a person accused of sexual harassment, and to judge for themselves: Do I agree with this person?” Sexual harassment? The Holocaust? I guess they’re both bad.”

Wait, she guesses they are both bad?  What on earth is wrong with this woman who presents Anti-Semitism as now a mainstream “point of view?” It’s disturbing that a celebrated author like Walker would promote an unhinged bigot, but even more surprising that the New York Times so eagerly passed on her recommendations. However, Tablet Magazine reports that the main stream media has studiously ignored Walker’s repeated expressions of anti-Semitism:

Back in June 2013, Walker wrote an effusive blog post showering accolades on Icke and his book Human Race Get off Your Knees. “It’s an amazing book, HUMAN RACE GET OFF YOUR KNEES,” she enthused, “and reading it was the ultimate reading adventure. I felt it was the first time I was able to observe, and mostly imagine and comprehend, the root of the incredible evil that has engulfed our planet.”

In May 2013, Walker told the BBC’s Desert Island Discs that if she could have only one book, it would be Icke’s Human Race.

In December 2013, Walker offered end-of-year thanks to an array of “beloved humans who’ve stuck their necks out for the collective.” One of them was David Icke, whose Human Race Get off Your Knees book also got its own entry.

In July 2015, Walker shared an interview between David Icke and Alex Jones, his American analogue. The account that posted the video has since been banned from YouTube.

In September 2016, Walker promoted a lecture of Icke’s to her readers, writing , “I decided to find, among Icke’s numerous videos, one lecture that might offer an introduction that wouldn’t be too scary for folks leery of being nudged in a direction of inquiry that might upset, destroy possibly, their worldview. I think this one might fit the bill.” YouTube has since taken down that lecture.

In November 2017, Walker posted an explicitly anti-Semitic “poem” on her blog titled, “It Is Our (Frightful) Duty to Study the Talmud.” The composition blames all the world’s ills, from Israel to America, on the ancient Aramaic compendium of Jewish law and lore, and checks nearly every anti-Semitic box, from attacking Jews as Christ-killers to claiming that Jews view gentiles as “sub-human.”

It is strange that the culture elevates victims of crimes, but not the most persecuted people groups in history — the Jews.  RealClearPolitics says it best:

The tone of Paul’s response is appalling. She surely does not mean to, but she manages to treat anti-Semitism as just another point of view — not a hatred with a unique and appalling pedigree that has led to unending slaughter, including the murder of the 6 million, pogroms in Kielce in Poland (1946), York in England (1190), and the lynching of Leo Frank in Georgia (1915). What’s lacking from the Times is appropriate shock at Alice Walker’s bigotry and its own refusal to admit a mistake. An apology would be fit to print.

I agree.  Passing along information about whacky, evil conspiracy theorists is not morally neutral, it’s wrong and irresponsible.  This is just the latest evidence that the main stream media is actually just fine with Anti-Semitism, no matter how much peace and love they preach.  As long as it’s coming from one of their beloved icons, they’ll refuse to call violent hatred out — and worse — even facilitate the spread of it.


Hat Tip: Real Clear Politics

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