Carlos O. Cortez, district chancellor of San Diego Community College, canceled his investment due to controversy over the event’s keynote speaker, author Alice Walker.
Cortez’s event was scheduled for May 31. But a controversy erupted over Walker, one of the most acclaimed writers known for his novels. PurpleWhich won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Walker (to some) is also known as antisemit. He supports the writings of David Icke, a British writer who believes that the world is governed by a secret cable of people, many of whom are Jewish.
In 2017, Walker wrote a poem accusing him of anti-Semitism. He denies being an anti-Semitic but says he is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Cortez did not say what he thought of Walker.
“Over the past few weeks, concerns have been raised about the political beliefs and writings of Alice Walker, a keynote speaker at Investigator,” the statement said. “At the same time, others have expressed their support for Mrs. Walker. As a district that celebrates inclusion, we believe the event will be canceled altogether. I apologize for the inconvenience caused to any member of our community. The investigation scheduled for May 31 will not be held. ”