Carlos O. Cortez, chancellor of the San Diego Group School District, referred to as off his investiture due to an argument over the keynote speaker on the occasion, the creator Alice Walker.
Cortez’s ceremony was to have been Could 31. However an argument broke out over Walker, who’s an acclaimed creator who’s greatest recognized for her novel The Coloration Purple, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Walker can be recognized (to some) as an antisemite. She has endorsed the writings of David Icke, a British creator who believes that the world is run by a secret cabal of individuals, lots of whom are Jewish.
In 2017, Walker wrote a poem about being accused of antisemitism.
She denies being an antisemite, however says she is a powerful supporter of the Palestinian trigger.
Cortez didn’t say what he thinks of Walker.
“Over the previous few weeks, issues have been expressed in regards to the political views and writings of the investiture keynote speaker, Alice Walker,” mentioned his assertion. “On the similar time, others have expressed their help of Ms. Walker. As a district that celebrates inclusion, we consider one of the simplest ways ahead could be to cancel the occasion altogether. I apologize for the ache prompted to any member of our neighborhood. The investiture scheduled for Could 31 won’t be held.”