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 ceremony was scheduled for May 31. But a controversy erupted over Walker, an acclaimed author best known for his novels. Purple, Which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983.
Walker (to some) is also known as antisemit. He supports the writings of British author David Ike, 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, the keynote speaker at Investigator,” the statement said. “At the same time, others have expressed their support for Miss Walker. As a district that celebrates inclusion, we believe the event will be canceled altogether. I apologize for the inconvenience to any member of our community. The May 31 inquiry will not take place.”