30 Sep 2012

"Democratic Womanism": Poet and Activist Alice Walker on Women Rising, Obama and the 2012 Election

With less than 40 days to go before the 2012 presidential election, poet and activist Alice Walker reads her new poem, "Democratic Womanism," and discusses her thoughts on President Obama’s legacy, including his use of drone strikes. "You ask me why I smile when you tell me you intend in the coming national elections to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils," reads Walker. "There are more than two evils out there, is one reason I smile."
Alice Walker, award-winning author, poet and activist. Her book The Color Purple was published 30 years ago this year. It won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction and was later adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, and into a musical of the same name. Her latest book is The Chicken Chronicles, and before that, Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel. She is set to participate next week in the fourth session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Source

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking some good ideas we are familiar with and simultaneously I need to be sick! Men surrounded by Wo and izm?

    I loved 'the colour purple' it's virtually impossible to watch twice but now the memory has been rekindled for me and I get it. She is responsible for the overextended boring overindulgent bits that mar the great story and this is reflected in her statement beautifully.

    Here is the feminist overreaction that states men are dogs that need to be surrounded - meeting the father's rights activist overreaction?

    No, no thank you!

    Behaving better is not behaving more like a woman. It's just behaving better and that goes for everyone regardless of sex sexuality dimensions or colour.

    The colour purple is the colour of equality not an excuse to be surrounded.

    I have the courage to stand with any person who accepts me as their equal and the self respect to be disgusted by Alice Walker's remarks. It seems like Sheeple engineering at it's worst.