Monthly Archives: June 2010

Photo and essay ©2009 by Alice Walker 


Introduction to Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation
by Saree Makdisi: (Norton paperback release 2010)


I cannot begin my short prefatory note to this book without offering a silent bow of thanks to writers like Charles Dickens, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, Victor Hugo and others who, like Saree Makdisi, have had the courage, patience,… Continue reading

©2010 by Alice Walker

Today I took down the wonderful photos and poems that surround me in my kitchen; they have been there, taped to my cabinets, for a number of years, giving me encouragement and strength. However I found it impossible to take down a Walt Whitman statement about what we “shall” do; and a teaching about the settled mind byWang Chongyang.  I… Continue reading

Medgar Evers to Civil Rights Activists in Mississippi, 
shortly before he was assassinated
June 12, 1963
  Supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions)
June 3, 2010  —  © 2010 by Alice Walker
My heart is breaking; but I do not mind.
For one thing, as soon as I wrote those words I was able to weep. Which I had not been able… Continue reading

I was asked recently to name my favorite novel about justice.

My favorite novel about justice is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In the character of Jean Val jean Hugo shows how what society narrowly considers criminal behavior is often caused by impoverishment, hunger,  and desperation to which society has made insufficient address. I too believe that most “criminal” behavior has desperation, and the… Continue reading